Brett Ashley and the Role of Women
What kind of statement about women or gender is made through the character Brett Ashley?
What kind of equality does she represent?
Is she a warning to all who would follow her?
Is there any redemption for her character?
Discuss the development of this character and how she functions in relationship with the narrator, especially in terms of the concepts of androgyny, bull fighting, and gender roles.
Brett does not seem to be a representative woman, but rather a subtle counterpart to the narrator. Like Jake, Brett has lost something vital, her first and one true love. Jake knows this about her and shares the melancholy sense of loss, relating to his own injury.
Brett is not a symbol for women in general, then, but an example of a woman dealing with collapsed horizons, like Jake.