Moral Code Of The Lost Generation Described In The

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In Hemingway’s first novel, The Sun Also Rises, distinctive characters convey the theme of the story, sense of moralities of the lost generation during the post war. Almost all characters in this novel are injured somehow physically and psychologically. They are not able to live their own lives and show the lack of morality in many ways. Four characters, Jake, Brett, Count, and Mike each have a different code of morality or immorality. Their way of living should not be respected, but it is true that each of them is somehow struggling with their lives The antagonist and narrator of the story, Jake Barnes, experienced World War I as a soldier. During the war, a number of people were wounded and lost their morality on the battlefields. Jake is one of them who is suffering from the trauma from the war. Jake has an injury from the war and as a result, he is unable to physically make a love to women. This disability left him psychologically and morally lost, and takes his masculinity away from him. He cannot develop his relationship with Brett whom he truly loves, because he cannot physically satisfy her. This causes Jake to be troubled and have great shiftlessness. He is also annoyed with Cohn, who went on a trip to San Sebastian with Brett. He often enjoys seeing Cohn defeated by Mike, who is also jealous of Cohn. He mentions his feelings toward Cohn that, “I have never seen a man in civil life as nervous as Robert Cohn—nor as eager. I was enjoying it. It was lousy to enjoy it, but I felt lousy” (Hemingway 104). However, he later feels guilty, reflecting on what he felt toward Cohn, and says, “That was morality; things that made you disgusted afterward. No, that must be immorality” (Hemingway 152). This statement provides us with his understanding that morality only functions through the negative reinforcement of guilt or dissatisfaction. Also, he introduces Romeo to
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