In the story “A clean Well Lighted Place” Hemmingway uses different phrases in his story to show that the older generation is now the lost generation because of World War 1 that affected so many people who are now not the same anymore. It shows how it is changing and not for the good. One quote in the passage that shows a lost generation is when the waiter said “You should have killed yourself last week” to the deaf man. This shows a lost generation because it shows how people have lost respect for people who are in despair or depression from all the bad stuff that occurred as they were fighting in the war.
It shows how the old man was willing to kill himself because of all the bad things that might have occurred in the war like all the killing he saw and had he would have had to do the something to another man in the war. Another quote that shows a lost generation is when the waiter said “He’s drunk now. He’s drunk every night. ” This shows how the old man is depressed enough to drink himself drunk every night. This shows how the war affected him in a negative to the point that all he does is drink and drink.
It shows how the war affected his morals and his way of life and how its changing the way other people think because workers are getting tired of old war veterans coming in and getting drunk from the depression of war. Another quote that shows the lost generation is when the waiter said “Last week he tried to commit suicide” “why” “he was in despair”. This shows that there is a lost generation because it shows how the war was brutal and depressing enough to cause a person to want to kill him self because he is in despair. It shows how the generation is being lost because of the world war 1and the technology used to kill people in the war.
It shows how that affected them negatively because they have to live with the fact that they killed someone and because of that they will probably never be the same. Another quote that shows that there is a lost generation is when it said that “he`s lonely. I’m not lonely; I have a wife waiting in bed for me. ” This shows that the war that he was in has made him lonely and that he has no one to keep him company or happy since he has no wife or friends. This could also relate to the fact that the reason he has no wife is because she probably died waiting for him to come back from the war.
It shows how the war can make one feel very lonely and discomforted. Another thing that shows that there is a lost generation is the fact that the newer generation has changed and is nothing like the older generation. They do not work hard and do not care about anybody but themselves, this shows that older lost generation had more care for one another. While the newer generation only care about their youth and what benefits them. In conclusion this shows how the older generation has been lost and how the newer generation is not as good as the older one.