The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Essay

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The Sun Also Rises is a great novel about the “lost generation”, which is the post war generation. Ernest Hemingway was inspired by real life events when writing this novel, basing the events and characters off of his personal experiences with friends and life after war. In this novel there is an abundance of casual sex between characters, and Lady Brett Ashley is the main character that displays these shows of promiscuity, constantly seducing men to get what she wants. Brett is the only woman that is fully developed in the story and her value is of expensive jewelry to the men, yet she uses and treats them differently. Brett has sexual relations with many men in the novel. Ernest Hemingway portrays Lady Brett Ashley as a masculine, …show more content…
This is evident in her and Cohn’s relationship. They go to San Sabastian together, but once in Spain, Brett constantly pushes Cohn around, never wanting to be around him, like he is an unpleasant force. She does this to Jake Barnes, Count Mippipopolous, Robert Cohn, Mike Campbell, and finally to Pedro Romero. In the beginning of the novel, she is out with Count Mippipoplous when she has a sudden need to visit Jake. She makes the count travel across town to Jake’s flat where she begins to ignore him. On one occasion, on the same night, Brett has the Count sent out him to get champagne, treating him as if he were her servant. She also brushes Robert Cohn aside at their first meeting. Robert Cohn looks at her as a “compatriot must have looked when he saw the Promised Land.” He is captivated by Brett, and he wants to dance with her. Pedro Romero is a younger, attractive male and Brett becomes physically attracted to him. In Pamplona, Brett has an affair with Romero that she does not attempt to hide from, Mike Campbell, her fiancée. Closer to the end of the story, she even goes off with him, with Mike acknowledging so. Jake is the man she treats the worst though. “Our lips were tight together and then she turned away and pressed against the corner of the seat, as far away as she could get...’don’t touch me,” she said (Hemingway 33). This is after Jake and Brett are in a cab alone together. He is

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