The Sun Also Rises By Ernest Hemingway Essay

1076 Words Apr 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Ernest Hemingway’s, The Sun Also Rises, is a spectacular yet bitter novel that portrays lives from the “Lost Generation” and provides social commentary on the disillusionment seen after the Great War. The war destroyed long-standing beliefs in love, faith, loyalty and morality, and forced people to set new standards to man’s transgression and brutality that was so mercilessly experienced during the war. With traditional notions of society shattered, members of the post-war generation found themselves with a profound emptiness and no standards to lean on. The narrator, Jake Barnes, embarks on a futile search for meaning in an effort to fill the gaps left by the war. The void from a dismantled moral code of conduct is difficult to face, making it almost impossible for the characters to be honest with each other because they simply cannot be honest with themselves. The emotional gap left from the war cannot be mended, so rather, Jake disguises his emotional disconnection by creating far-away and impossible ideals that can bring temporary meaning to his life. The reality of Jake’s situation is too painful to confront honestly and directly, so the he finds comfort in living in a state of pretense. It is seemingly easier to relentlessly pursue a romanticized and comforting but dishonest lifestyle than to live honestly and deal with the burden of disillusionment. Thus, in an effort to be a part of the fake status quo of the time, Jake finds fleeting meaning with Lady Brett Ashley,…

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