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The Sun Also Rises

Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises depicts the existential condition of the so-called “Lost Generation,” that generation of artists and intellectuals that felt cut adrift and alienated from society in...

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The characters in The Sun Also Rises express several aspects of idealism that is in contrast to their near-constant alienation. In searching for something meaningful in their lives, all the...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019, 2:43 am (UTC)

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The difference between bulls and steers is that steers have been castrated, while the bulls have not. As such, the bulls are wild; they "tear in the streets" and "Sometimes they go right after [the...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019, 4:49 pm (UTC)

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Ernest Hemingway's first novel is The Sun Also Rises; the title comes from a phrase in the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. The line comes in chapter one, verse five; here it is in context:...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2013, 2:49 am (UTC)

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Paris represents the cynical, jaded modern world. France, of course, was most closely associated with the slaughter of World War II through its battlefields, and Jake drifts unhappily through this...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017, 12:28 pm (UTC)

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The 2014 Scribner Hemingway Library edition of the novel is 321 pages, according to Amazon. The book is of average length for a modern novel. It occurs to me, however, that perhaps this question...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016, 9:45 pm (UTC)

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Drink plays an integral part in the story. For one thing, it gives these characters something to do. A great deal of the book is concerned with drinking in bars and restaurants and the kind of...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019, 11:56 am (UTC)

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The impotence that Jake suffers from acts as a very powerful metaphor for the way that war had changed perceptions of masculinity and challenged what it was to be a man. Whereas before, war was a...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2013, 10:07 am (UTC)

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Paris is a reflection of the inner selves of Jake, Brett, and Robert. Each of the characters hopes to get something out of their time in Paris, but the city itself is ultimately a reflection of who...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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Jake's wound is symbolic of the impotence or lack of power of the American Dream over the young generation coming into its own in the 1920s. The American Dream is a dream of unlimited progress and...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018, 1:40 am (UTC)

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The reason that Brett breaks up with Romero is because she does not want to ruin him. She tells Jake, "He is only nineteen...youo know I'd have lived with him if I hadn't seen it was bad for...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2010, 1:33 pm (UTC)

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Throughout the novel, life in Spain is presented as more natural, less hectic, somehow more real, than the decadence and phoniness of urban existence in Paris. The unique, primal rhythms of Spain...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018, 8:51 am (UTC)

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Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises is written using a first person narrator. First person narrators play a role in the action of the story, act as the protagonist (main character), and tend to...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2013, 1:18 am (UTC)

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Robert Cohn is one of the main characters in Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises, about expatriates living in Europe after World I. The narrator of the novel, Jake Barnes, spends several pages at...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016, 5:42 am (UTC)

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This quote gets to the heart of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. One of the book's primary themes is the search for meaning in a world that seems to be devoid of meaning. After the chaos of...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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As the other answers note, Jake Barnes does represent aspects of Hemingway and his life: Hemingway was on the World War I battlefields in France (though as an ambulance driver), he did live in...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2018, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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In The Sun Also Rises, Robert Cohn acts largely as a foil to the book's hero, Jake Barnes; he exists to highlight some of Jake's character traits. Robert engages in a number of typically...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2018, 9:13 am (UTC)

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I highly recommend you read the conversation between Jake and Brett in the middle of this chapter. There, you will find the answers to your deeper questions. Brett asks Jake if Robert is going on...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2010, 12:10 am (UTC)

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Belmonte is so famous and highly paid that even his skill isn't good enough. The narrator says the audience wanted him to be better than he was. The narrator says that he has a wan, yellow face...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019, 2:36 pm (UTC)

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The main characters in The Sun Also Rises are expatriates, who have already escaped from their native countries and are spending their lives in continental Europe. They are based on Ernest...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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The conversations among the characters in this novel are indicative of the Lost Generation’s dissatisfaction with life that they cannot seem to escape. In Chapter VIII, Frances has left for England...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2015, 9:10 am (UTC)

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Jake's stay in Paris has become a lost life for him. Although he scorns the extravagance and decadence that surrounds him, he has been caught up in it nonetheless. The lure of the city nightlife...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2010, 12:46 am (UTC)

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Much of the action of the novel takes place in Pamplona during the fiesta. Pamplona is important for each of these characters because it is where, under the influence of the fiesta, they each come...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019, 11:26 am (UTC)

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In terms of the crowd they spend time with, the main difference between Jake and Robert Cohn is that Jake belongs.Robert is always an outsider, because of his personality, his choices, and the fact...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2007, 8:11 am (UTC)

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Mike has fought in the war, but he has no medals of his own, having never sent in for the ones to which he may have been entitled. One night he is invited to a "whopping big dinner"which the Prince...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2010, 2:22 pm (UTC)

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Lady Brett Ashley is the only major female character in the novel. On one level she is important because she is beautiful and alluring (she is likened to the mythical Circe) and the men in the...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019, 12:38 pm (UTC)

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Modernism is a literary term that is difficult to define because it encompasses so a broad range of literature. It was a response to the increasing mechanization of life brought on by industrialism...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2017, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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The previous post was really quite detailed and thorough. You have one of the best answers to the question. I only seek to discuss the last question offered. The "lost generation" is an element...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2010, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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Jake hits Robert when Robert calls him a pimp because on some level, Jake believes there is some truth to it. Pimps usually do not have sex with their girls, and Jake is incapable of having sex...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2010, 11:18 pm (UTC)

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Montoya admires those bull fighters who have "aficion" - passion. He keeps their pictures on the walls of his hotel. The ones that lack "aficion" he keeps in a drawer, and one day, Jake explains,...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2010, 11:04 pm (UTC)

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Gertrude Stein coined the phrase "The Lost Generation" and Hemingway portrays characters who are very much apart of this group. The lost generation felt disillusioned post WWI, and many...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2007, 7:57 am (UTC)

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Hemingway and Eliot are both modernist writers. Literary modernism is a period that began in the late nineteenth century and continued into the early twentieth. Its peak was in the years following...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019, 10:46 pm (UTC)

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Clearly, any work of literature has a number of themes, and this novel is no exception. However, one clear theme to me is the way the novel explores morality and the various moral codes that the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011, 8:01 pm (UTC)

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Hemingway uses sports in several symbolic ways in his terrific novel The Sun Also Rises. The three primary sports mentioned--boxing, fishing and bullfighting--are all described in a true macho...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2010, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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As a member of one of the so called "Lost Generation," Jake is a character whose cynicism and disillusionment with life caused by the First World War causes him to lead a life that is characterised...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2012, 7:37 am (UTC)

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When the novel begins, Robert Cohn has had a very negative experience with women. Straight out university he “was married by the first girl who was nice to him” (Hemingway). The use of the passive...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2016, 3:08 am (UTC)

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The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway's novel of the "lost generation," combines elements of realism, naturalism and modernism. Hemingway was certainly following in the footsteps of American writers of the...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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Before the bullfight Romero takes off his gold-brocaded cape. He instructs his sword handler to pass it up to Brett, who's sitting at the ringside between Bill and Jake. Jake advises Brett to...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2018, 12:36 pm (UTC)

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This is a great question, because alcohol use, love, and identity are all major themes in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Below, you'll find an explanation for how each of these themes works...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016, 4:17 pm (UTC)

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The Sun Also Rises is a novel with several settings. The general setting is Europe in the period between World War I and World War II. More specifically, the characters in the novel travel between...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2012, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Robert won the fight with Jake and Mike because he had been a boxer when he was a student at Princeton. Plus, Jake and Mike were drunk. Robert easily knocked them both out, despite Mike saying he...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2010, 2:14 am (UTC)

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Robert has a very romantic view of life. He is very easily influenced, especially by the things he reads in books; "The Purple Land" in particular makes him long for adventure, and instills in him...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2010, 2:53 pm (UTC)

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In writing this novel, Hemmingway chose to focus on characters who depicted what were known as the "lost generation." This phrase denotes the men and women who, having lived through the horrors of...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012, 6:24 am (UTC)

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In chapter 5 of the book, Robert talks to his friend Jake (Jacob Barnes) about wanting to travel to South America but being held back by Frances. When Jake suggests that he should take Frances with...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2018, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 5, Cohn and Jake have lunch together and Cohn asks Jake what he knows about Brett. Jake tells Cohn about her name, her plans to marry Mike Campbell, and their history together working at...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020, 12:08 pm (UTC)

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The presence of Brett Ashley, a beautiful, but emasculating woman who wears her hair combed back more like a man and whose name is even masculine, causes some dissension among the men. For, after...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2015, 7:32 am (UTC)

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The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast actually share many similarities, despite the fact that one is meant to be fiction and the other a memoir. both take place in Paris of the 1920s the primary...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015, 2:39 am (UTC)

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The environment or setting of the story, to be comprehensive, includes both time and place. The first reference below explains the historical background of the novel which complements so well its...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2009, 1:00 am (UTC)

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To Ernest Hemingway--the ultimate macho writer who lived the life of many of his characters--what could be a more macho sport than bullfighting? And for his character Jake Barnes, a handsome man...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010, 3:01 am (UTC)

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The homosexual men symbolize to Jake a chosen rejection of heterosexuality. This contrasts with his involuntary loss of his manhood through the war accident that has left him impotent. They...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2019, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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