International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | English Language and Literature | Turkiye | Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023


The Lost Generation: Melancholy and Joy for the Detachment from Reality in The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises

Atakan Sumer


Abstract: A group of authors takes the lead in representing the concept of lost generation in American literature which defines the generation who are at the beginning of their adultness witnessing the First World War, including Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The lost generation mainly unmasks the senselessness and disillusionment of the American Dream due to the disastrous impacts of the First World War on individuals. In this respect, the traumatic confrontation of disillusionment of the American Dream echoes the characteristics of escapism and disconnectedness in Hemingway?s Sun Also Rises and Fitzgerald?s Great Gatsby. Throughout this information, this article aims to reveal how Hemingway and Fitzgerald mirror the concept of the lost generation through the pointless images of the characters in The Sun Also Rises and The Great Gatsby. On the other hand, this paper reflects how these characters disconnect themselves from the reality of the catastrophic effects of the two decades by arousing joy and melancholy through the use of alcohol at parties and bars in The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises.


Keywords: corruption, materialism, escapism, disconnection, disillusionment


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023,


Pages: 1017 - 1019


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