Gertrude Stein 's The Sun Also Rises And A Moveable Feast Essay

1724 Words Nov 7th, 2016 7 Pages
The expatriates living in Europe, notably France, failed to acknowledge the movement of time, and lack of emotion dictated their self-destruction. Gertrude Stein’s narrative Paris France and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast set up themes of loss both directly and indirectly. Mentioned in Stein’s travel story, “It really takes a war to make you know a country” (Stein 66). The aftermath of war devastated natives and foreigners alike, but the way in which they coped depended on the roots of their personal lives. While Gertrude Stein described France as the pinnacle of civilization and a guide for America, Ernest Hemingway destroyed the foundation he constructed in Paris in A Moveable Feast. Facing aftermath of war in Europe, American travelers attempted to fill unknown voids, failing because of the permanent “outsider” identity. Gertrude Stein generalized the civilization and tradition of France as a coping mechanism for Europeans after the war, while Ernest Hemingway used the failure of American traveler relationships as a metaphor for individual loss.
In Paris France, Stein promoted the resilience of France and its ability to hold onto tradition postwar, a contrast to Hemingway’s scope of individual loss when traveling. An expert at focusing on the entire picture, Gertrude Stein created the idea of a century broken into stages comparative to that of a human life. Adolescence arose as the step toward civilization, specifically the twentieth century.…

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