The Sun Also Rises By Ernest Hemingway Essay example

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Ernest Hemingway’s, The Sun Also Rises, describes narrator Jake Barnes’ journey from Paris to Pamplona with the company of old friends and expatriates. Throughout the novel, Hemingway depicts an association of several thematic ideas, especially the connection between gender roles and its destructive effect on relationships. Hemingway suggests through the use of dialogue and characterization the reversal of gender roles creates superficial relationships between characters of the novel, using sex as a catalyst to confirm shallow affairs. The concentration of the deceptive relationships revolve around Lady Brett Ashley, a self-announced bitch whose inability to settle down with any man, especially the narrator, is a result of her desire for sex with different men. In addition the reversal of gender roles further establishes the reasons for insincere relationships, as female masculinity prevents men from ascertaining confidence in any relationship and forcing an abandonment of traditional values previously uncompromised by World War I.
Throughout the course of the novel, the idea that Brett and Jake will always have constant relationship is evident through the actions of Brett. “Couldn’t we live together, Brett? Couldn’t we just live together?” “I don’t think so. I’d just tromper you with everybody.” The dialogue between Brett and Jake suggests Brett will always be obsessed with Jake because he cannot have sex. Jake is unable to have sex following his war injury which leaves…

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