Disillusionment In Ernest Hemingway's Short Stories

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Conclusion The aim of this dissertation is an attempt to address the post-war disillusionment in Ernest Hemingway’s short stories. Emotional desolation is a nearly poetical term which encom-passes various different aspects, therefore it cannot be clearly defined. I has focused on the collapse of interpersonal relationships and analysed it on the grounds of both, parental rela-tions and those between a man and a woman. Another significant aspect of desolate human-ity is impaired sexuality which prevent people from establishing bonds and entering into fulfilling relationships. In Hemingway’s short stories great attention is paid to a matter of disillusionment, depression and existential difficulties. It is very probable that those are re-sults of disillusionment and dislocation that Hemingway suffered himself due to his experi-ences during World War I. Society was greatly affected by different kinds of loss, and they were defined by suffering; either physical or mental, caused by memories, trauma as well as shell-shock. Finally, Hemingway’s characters were also forced to cope with losing faith in values, ideas and beliefs which highlight the nothingness haunting humanity.…show more content…
He used ironically many appeals to prayers which are almost certainly never to be answered (Stewart 2001: 31). His characters pray while being in dangers, both external or internal (Idema 1990: 154). The church with all its power has disappeared from American culture, and in post-war world religion is no longer a stabilizing force. Religion and morality for a great many, had become mere servants of financial success” (Idema 1990: 15). It can be assumed that consequences of church losing its place are tragic and the great example is anomie. Idema writes that “anomie can scarcely be lim-ited to the Twenties, and is probably characteristic of the twentieth century as a whole” (1990:

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