Hemingway's "In Our Time": Lost Generation



"The times, they are a changing," famous words spoken by Bob Dylan, a
king of his generation. "Lost generations," is an interesting phrase, but what
kind of meaning should it hold? Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time is a true
representation of a "lost generation" for the simple reason that all generations
are eventually lost as time goes by. Hemingway focuses on a generation he knows
a great deal about- his own. It becomes apparent throughout the novel that
Hemingway is trying to give the reader a feel for what times were like(or at
least what he wanted or perceived them to be like) and knowingly or maybe even
somewhat inadvertently conveys a message about the time period in question. All
of ...

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himself.
It seems as though no matter what age this novel is read at, it could be
discussed as a representation of the "lost generation." What is meant by the
phrase "lost generation?" Possibly it means the loss of a kindlier, friendlier,
period of time. Maybe it means a loss of familiarity, closeness and strength of
relationships; everyday things like the lost art of conversation. But at the
same time, the characters in the stories appear to be part of a "lost
generation" themselves. In "The Three- Day Blow," Nick and Bill spend a
leisurely afternoon talking about baseball and books while enjoying a good
"ole'" bottle of Irish whiskey. They manage to pass the time talking rather than
watching "television" or going to the "mall," things that are all too common
today. This leisure time seems like a pastime that has all been but outlawed in
today's fast paced modern society. They seem to get by on nothing else but their
own company and do not adhere to any outside interference- ...

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pay her the attention she craved. This story seemed
to represent the "lost generation" of love between a husband and his wife and
ended with a bitter twist showing how easy it was to find attention from someone
or somewhere else. This story depicted the deterioration of marriage in Western
society and how two people can easily grow apart in a big world. Another lost
generation.
The phrase "lost generation" can be highly speculated on and can be
interpreted in many ways. For instance, in chapter 13, the short story "My Old
Man," seems to bring about much emotion. This story is told by a man's son(Joe),
who talks about what living with his father was like. He exhibits a great amount
of ...

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