Paired Texts > The Lost Generation
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In "Rebel with a Cause," Dr. Carl Pickhardt uses a psychologist's perspective to examine rebellion during adolescence.Pair “The Lost Generation” with “Rebel With a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence” and ask students to compare the perspective on rebellion in young people set forth in each text. How does a psychological take on the issue affect your understanding of the behavior of the literary heroes described in the former text? Do you think the cultural moment was extraordinary for its fostering of intense disillusionment among young Americans, or can the urge to rebel against traditional American values and ideology be explained by psychology?
In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," the speaker laments his physical and intellectual inertia, lost opportunities, isolation, and an awareness of mortality.Pair “The Lost Generation” with the “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock” and have students discuss how the lyricism of the poem supports or undermines the author’s inclusion of Eliot as a member of the literary elite who turned against their home country. The poem is identified as an embodiment of the literary movement of Modernism for its expression of disillusionment and a sense of being isolated from the outside world and from a unified, concrete sense of self. How does this relate to the political endorsements and actions described in the article?
In "The Rise and Fall of Karl Marx," Mike Kubic discusses the life and work of Karl Marx, specifically his influence on other nations' socioeconomic structures.Pair “The Rise and Fall of Karl Marx” with “The Lost Generation” in order to have students further explore the ideas and teachings of Karl Marx that inspired many writers of the “Lost Generation.” In what ways are writers of the Lost Generation similar to Karl Marx?