Naturalism Essay: The Sun Also Rises vs.
For many people in America, anger, discontent, and disillusionment characterized the years immediately following World War One. Society was devastated by a global conflict that resulted in destruction and resentment. Survivors during this time period were labeled,The Lost Generation.? During these times, literature emerged, attempting to capture the attention of thisgeneration.? To many, the works of the most successful writers became a bible to those trying to recover by writing their stories. In search for a way to explain such misfortune, many writers turned to different point of views. One that began to be used was called naturalism. This writing style is defined as a technique of rendering artistic or literary subjects to reproduce natural appearances or actual events which contain a supernatural significance. (?Naturalism? 788.) This style was an explanation for authors to express their inner feelings through their writing. Their novels, at this, would become somewhat autobiographical. In The Sun Also Rises, a novel written by Ernest Hemingway, and The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, these two writers exhibit how fate is inevitably cruel through the actions of their characters, which in reality are partial representations of the writers themselves.
In 1926, Ernest Hemingway became an essential example of this type of writing style, and carried with it a theme of detachment; a feeling of a cruel fate that was placed upon him. The combination of this detachment he felt and his supposed cruel fate on his shoulders could had been viewed as rather depressing. His way of venting this alienation, or letting out his feeling of loneliness and depression, was expressing his feelings through his characters, adapting the style of naturalism. He tried toput down what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way I can tell it?.