Analysis Of ' The Sun Also Rises Essay

1821 Words Feb 26th, 2015 8 Pages
The early 1900s was a turbulent period in world history. Increasing global tension and financial difficulties changed civilians’ lifestyles. The Sun Also Rises deals with the lost generation in the 1920s who are aimless, dissatisfied, and insecure. The novel demonstrates how modernism tore down the traditional concept of masculinity and how it negatively affected the characters in the book.
The unprecedented World War I caused everyone to lose hope and motivation to achieve meaningful goals in their lives. The characters in the novel simply drink and party without any goals. The war especially affects the male characters who actually had participated in the war. For instance, Robert Cohn is uncomfortable with his life and thinks that he does not live his life to the fullest. Thus, he finds travel as a solution. However, Jake Barnes completely disagrees with Cohn 's solution and says “Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters,” which explains that not everyone is passionate about their lives (Hemingway). Bull-fighters are traditional and passionate people who are not affected by modernism, but the other characters are highly affected by modernism that they lose hope and passion about living. Moreover, “style here focuses the repetitiveness which is necessarily Jake 's fate” (Wyatt). The war affected Jake that his fate becomes only a plain repletion after the war. He does nothing special but repeats his mundane routine, which indicates that he is also…

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