The Sun Also Rises Essay

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The Final Words ‘Oh Jake,’ Brett said, ‘we could have had such a damned good time together.’ Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. ‘Yes’ I said. ‘Isn’t it pretty to think so?’ (Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises pg. 251) These are the final lines of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. The finishing scene is a masterpiece of Hemingway’s work. In these few short lines Hemingway is able to summarize the whole story to the reader as he portrays the characters’ aimless lives and hopeless love shortly after World War I. Hemingway’s expert use of theme, symbolism, diction, plot, setting and characterization are showcased in this short concluding passage. Shaw 2 The theme is the catalyst for every device Hemingway uses to convey the story. In the final scene he portrays a hopeless romance and Jake’s broken spirit. Jake has a dynamic relationship with his good friend Brett. She has had flings with different men. But here, finally, she acknowledges that maybe Jake would be a good suitor for her. After all, she earlier describes him as the only person who is always there for her and she consistently relies on Jake for companionship and support. Brett has been frivolous in her past relationships and moves from man to man and, even though Jake offered her his love in the beginning, she rejects it. Now, as the story concludes, she spontaneously and nonchalantly comments how it would be nice if they were together. This is exactly how she acts in her relationships throughout the story. It is ironical how she says, “We could have a dammed good time together.” The word dammed can be taken as an emphasis word, that it would be a really great time, or its literal meaning; condemned. Because of the history of Brett’s relationships, where she impulsively dated,

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