The lost generation phenomena in the early 20th century as seen through f. scott fitzgerald’s this side of paradise

Oleh :
Asih Savitri Handayani - C.1399006 - Fak. Sastra dan Seni Rupa

Abstract This research is about “The Lost Generation Phenomena In The Early 20th Century As Seen Through F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise” and the researcher will focus on finding how far the ‘Lost Generation’ phenomena can be seen through the situation of American young generation in the early of 20th century. This research will focus on the case of religion, social norm, and education in the social and cultural condition. Since this thesis carries out American Study, thus it will use more than one theories and approaches because it discusses more than one issue, namely the structural theory and sociological approach. The structural theory contributes in understanding the novel by analyzing the intrinsic elements of the novel. The sociological approach helps the researcher to understand the human relations in the American conditions in the early 20th century and discusses the interactions among the characters of the novel. Using those methods, the researcher explains the parts in the novel which were included in the lost of religion, lost of norm and lost of education. The lost of religion’s behavior are enjoying life too much, smoking, drinking too much. The lost of social norm’s behavior are having a date, kissing. The lost of education’s behavior are quitting from the study and cutting the class. As the result of the analysis, the researcher concludes that some of young generations in the novel have left their puritan mind which explain about the religion, norm and education. They became lost because they had forgotten the forefather’s inheritance. This phenomena is found in the young generation, so they are called as the ‘Lost Generation’ by their society.