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What is one possible theme from the novel The Sun Also Rises?

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semendoza01 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM via web

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What is one possible theme from the novel The Sun Also Rises?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Most of the characters in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises find themselves searching for the true meaning of life. The various American (and British) ex-patriots who have remained in Paris following the end of the war are seeking a place which they have determined does not await them back home. But instead of finding their niche in the world, most of the characters pursue a drunken pursuit of romance and riches. Virtually none of them are successful or happy: Jake is a decent writer but his impotence prevents him from romantic happiness. Cohn is incompetent in both his literary and romantic pursuits, and he can never escape his Jewish ethnicity. Brett is surrounded by men who love her, but she is never capable of returning it herself. They all seek financial riches that will forever elude them, and their future sense of failure and unhappiness appears set in stone.

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