An Analysis Of Ernest Hemingway 's ' The Sun Also Rises ' Essay

1206 Words Jan 7th, 2016 5 Pages
World War I was the largest and deadliest war the world had ever seen at the time. Due to this many began to suffer from conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and or disillusionment after seeing so much death and experiencing traumatic situations during the war. This is shown in characters such as Jake, Mike, Brett and Bill from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway is able to portray these characters as lost by making them wander aimlessly from place to place and also by filling the empty voids in their lives with alcohol and other meaningless activities to block out the outside world. One major way Hemingway is able to show that the characters are lost is through them drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Infact there is a motif of drinking and alcohol in the book, since wherever Jake and his friends are, they are drinking and most often than not they drink too much. They do this often in order to escape reality and not have to face any real issues. This damages Jake and his friends not only emotionally but also mentally since they never face any of the problems troubling them and instead take the easy way out of drinking in order to evade them. Without alcohol, they would not be able to endure the emptiness in their lives which was created by all of them, minus Cohn, experiencing the war firsthand whether it be as a soldier or nurse. This is why nobody has any affection for one another and they all seem to have lost purpose in life. Furthermore…

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