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The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway may not have imagined that his novel, The Sun Also Rises, will later become as popular as to see several reviews, adaptations and citations made in various forms including music and as the title of an episode of a television series, Vampire Diaries eight decades and half after. Whether he saw this coming or not, far more importantly, Hemingway did not fail to express his believe that those considered displaced and morally disconnected from their roots after the World War I, were rather, striving in search of light in a dark world. 89 years after, generation after generation, the world is still dark with all the trappings of immorality. Could it be that this generation is lost?

The World Today

While the world has witnessed increasing technological advancement since the 20th-century, it has also seen a decline in morality and emphasis on liberation. The new liberated world is one where same-sex marriage, transgender acts, and promiscuity are not far from the norm. Will these be regarded lesser evil to the immorality that pervaded the so-called misguided generation whom Hemingway wrote in defence? Or has this generation failed to learn that life is ephemeral and can only be lived at its brightest?

Before the sun goes down, the world is still grappling with gender inequality, identity crisis, terrorism, racism, hate, economic imbalance and global warming to name a few. The physical global scale wars are since over, but it appears the world is lost to those other kinds of wars. Although those who participated in the World War I were described as the lost ones, Gertrude Stein who was being spoken to went on to later describe the generation after the war as lost. Now that the world is fighting a different kind of war, are those involved in the wars lost or will those who are to benefit from the spoils of the wars, if any, the lost ones?

It is difficult to say if the world has found answers to the various troubling questions before it. But one thing is inevitable; everyone has the question of their life to answer. How this generation goes about finding answers in an insincere world will later tell if it is lost or like Hemingway argued, striving.