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The Lost Generation In Hemingway's All Quiet On The Western Front

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Every generation has a name, it is a brand that many wear with honor as they speak of their shared life experiences. The Lost Generation is a generation that, like its name, is forgotten. A name first created by Ernest Hemingway, he describes the Lost Generation as the boys that returned from World War 1 coming back haunted and hollow from the violence from the war. They were no longer children that could no longer fit safely within society. In the novel All Quiet On The Western Front, Paul Baumer represents the “Lost Generation” with Paul embodying the decline of the young sent to war under the guise of duty and honor propagated by teachers and parents as his character changes from a sensitive nineteen year old boy to be worn, apathetic soldier who has seen the violent front lines of the war. In the novel All Quiet On The Western Front, Paul Baumer has been in war for months now sitting in the trenches of the front. His hatred for the war is obvious as he watches men killed in the most of horrendous ways cursing at himself for not feeling anything and becoming an ‘animal’. The war was only made more damaging when Paul and his fellow schoolmates witness the death of their friend, Behm, the first week of war after he was left for…show more content…
A work of fiction with an arthur that speaks his truth through the protagonist, Paul Baumer. Paul’s mental decline after being sent to war by his teachers after learning of duty and honor only to learn of the violent war that held only pain and death which forced him to change from a sensitive nineteen year old boy to be worn, apathetic soldier to deal with the harsh world he now lived in reflects those of the Lost Generation. The members of the Lost Generation were left damaged after the war without understanding. They were lead astray by society and unable to come back as the young boys that they had left
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