The Sun Also Rises Analysis

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Hemingway uses The Sun Also Rises to loosely write about his experiences after the war. The main character, Jake Barnes, goes through many hard times after returning from World War I. He’s injured so he cannot fornicate, which greatly troubles him. This injury did not happen to Hemingway, but could possibly be parallel to an issue that he had after the war. Because of this injury, Jake cannot be with the woman he loves, Brett Ashley, because it would not be fair to her. Also, Jake has to deal with his insecure friend, Robert Cohn, who is having troubles with his marriage and writing his second novel. “Jake’s attitude toward homosexuals—the way he degrades them and casts them as his rivals,” can explain how his injury has greatly affected his life. When Jake goes to the bal musette he encounters what he perceives to be many homosexual men. He was lead to believe they were homosexuals by the way they dressed and how they kept their hair. He also saw that their casual attire was very feminine, which bothered him more than the plain fact that they were gay. Jake doesn’t understand why a man would cross-gender himself and portray a woman, and it makes him think about his current conditions. “Jake’s inability to perform sexually corresponds to the homosexual’s inability to perform the correct gender.”
Brett Ashley, the woman he is in love with, spends a great deal of time with homosexual men. Jake probably feels that even though he is straight, Brett probably thinks of him as one of her gay friends when he’s with her. He wants her to love him the way he is, even if he can’t give her everything she needs. When Jake sees a gay man, he thinks about their renunciation of naturalized male desire, and this offends him. He doesn’t see how a man could spend his time with Lady Ashley and not want to be as close as he can be with her. He feels homosexual men don’t take advantage…...

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