Mrs. Jernigan's AP Class discussion

The Sun Also Rises
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message 1: by Chloe (new)

Chloe What do you think Lady Brett Ashley means when she says that the count is "one of us?" What does it really mean to be part of the "Lost Generation"?


message 2: by Spencer (new)

Spencer Woods | 8 comments Lady Brett Ashley is portraying that the Count is simply suffering through the depravations of the "Lost Generation" just as Jake and Cohn battle through it. All of these characters seem to aimlessly live their lives without any sort of heading. They endlessly look to fill the holes in their life with alcohol, blind love, and pointless escapist activities.


message 3: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Poston | 12 comments The "Lost Generation" does not seem to just be an exclusive group of people or a choice; it's a way of life, a style, and a statement. When Stein coined the term, he said that he was referring to the men lost in the war; but looking back, it seems to describe how quickly this style of life disappeared.
But the style is hard to define, there's no distinct way to draw the line or keep the Lost Generation in a box. But one thing that is repeated in all the characters is that they seem bored. Life is a game, but not an entertaining one. The boredom almost seems painful, unbearable. Before anyone commits to anything, anything that evokes great love or great achievement or great hate or great grief, they remove themselves. The people of this generation refuse to let their hearts commit to anything. It is an emotionless time; not heartless, just droll and aimless. When Brett said that the count was one of them now, it is like the count realized how dangerous it is to give into his heart. He loved Brett and tried to be devoted to her but when she started to drag him around town, he caught his mistake. He entered the Lost Generation, he crossed over with them. And from then on, I doubt that he will not be so careless.


message 4: by Brock (new)

Brock | 7 comments The Lost Generation is a group of people primarily from the early twentieth century that maintained the idea that life has no meaning and that life can be lived with no real cares or direction of living. The people in the Lost Generation often live careless lives with no care as to how their decisions affect other people or their own futures. It seems like a main theme from the Lost Generation that apparently resounds throughout Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" is that there is no meaning, and thus, life is just a timed continuation of purposelessness.


message 5: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Schoerke | 8 comments The Lost Generation refers to the generation around World War I who, due to the current state of the world, just did whatever. In our novel, the characteristics of this generation are shown through the lifestyle of our characters. Constantly drinking, not really doing much else of value is the concept of "the lost generation" idly asking each other if the other wants to take a casual nap in the sun is also classic characteristic. It is also unclear what our characters do for employment which shows the lack of emphasis on that part of their life.


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