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Need an argumentative essay on Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Needs to be 12 pages. Please no plagiarism.Download file "Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises" to see previous pages... From var
Need an argumentative essay on Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Needs to be 12 pages. Please no plagiarism.Download file "Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises" to see previous pages...
From various locations set about in Spain and France, Hemingway chronicles his characters through various stages of development - acceptance within a group, isolation, inebriation, and at social functions such as the bull fights in San Fermin. Hemingway uses a variety of setting to demonstrate various characters attitudes about life.
From the very beginning of the book, the narrator Jake Barnes starts off discussing his friend Robert Cohn. The reader can sense a note of his general distaste for Cohn radiating from the description at the very start, although it isn't until much later into the book that the reader gains understanding as to why. As the novel progresses, you meet more characters who are in likeness to Cohn, with various personalities. Hemingway's own mother was not pleased with his portrayal of the characters throughout the book, finding his use of language rather course. Meyers' book Hemingway: A Biography chronicles that in a letter he wrote to his mother: "The people I wrote about were certainly burned out, hollow, and smashed - and that is the way I attempted to show them" (148).
Hemingway takes the reader through the lives of these hollow characters as he goes out of his way to show the reader the lifestyles of the idle rich. His characters maintain a party lifestyle of drinking, dining, and dancing at various locations in Paris. Robert Morss Lovett states of Hemingway that "like Elizabethans, he finds alcohol a potent source of comedy" (613). His use of drinking is rather largely used to highlight the attitudes of youth at this time and how lost they can become to their fancies. Harvey Stone comes into play briefly, on a drinking binge in Left Bank. Jake gives him money for food, as Harvey is in a bad way. Most of the characters are all wealthy or receive money from someone else to fund their continuous recreational activities and help each other out. In essence, the characters feel displaced, and use drinking as a mode of forgetting their sorrows.
Even as the characters are given the identities of drunkards, their sexual practices are also just as morally broken. Jake is the one who is left out of these sexual practices, as he was rendered impotent from a war injury. Nevertheless, he does pick up a prostitute named Georgette for a night of dinner and dancing with his friends. The female protagonist Lady Brett Ashley sleeps with any man of her fancy, despite the fact that she is engaged to a gentleman named Mike Campbell. She and Jake have a small past history together as she was his nurse while he was in the hospital after the war. Leo Gurko mentions of Jake in his article "The Achievements of Ernest Hemingway" about his almost unendurable love for Brett: "He watches her throw herself into brief desperate affairs with other men, as she tries to forget their own painful case" (292).
Another character to look at is Robert Cohn and his relationships of this nature with others. Although he is the perfect picture of health and virility, physically able to engage in intimate physical contact with others, he cannot maintain normal social relations among this group of friends. Gurko states "Cohn is as much a failure at living despite his physical advantages, as Jake is successful despite his mutilation" (292).