The Sun Also Rises Essay
Hemingway begins with this allusion to Ecclesiastes in his own novel, The Sun Also Rises. In it Hemingway paints a story about a group of expatriated intellectuals living in Paris. They are part of the "lost" generation. Hemingway gives insight into the moral, sexual, religious, intellectual …show more content…
Not far into the novel it is learned that Jake suffered a genital wound while serving during the war. This wound renders him incapable of performing sexually. Hemingway uses this as an opportunity to explore sexuality as well as to cause Jake to go on a search for his place in society. When Jake is at the Bal musette in chapter three, he sees Brett enter with a group of men. It is insinuated by Jake that these men are probably homosexual. He seems jealous of them possibly because they are potent and virile men that only choose not to fulfill masculine behavior while he is unable to physically. He mentions that he dislikes them (homosexuals) immensely, but he is ironically treated like a homosexual by most women because of his impotence.
Jake is in love with Brett Ashley but he cannot be with her because of his wound. Brett is nearly a nymphomaniac and even though she is in love with Jake as well she also says she would go to other men to fulfill her sexual needs. When he returns home after the party in chapter four he sees himself in the mirror as he is getting into