The Sun Also Rises Essay

1084 WordsApr 30, 20145 Pages
In The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, there are a lot of people that live difficult lives, with the constant burden of some past hardship. It is in living with these hardships that a story emerges, and the character becomes interesting. Jake perfectly models the quote "the world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong in the broken places," loosing his manhood, and being broken by the world, but then becoming the only one who can stand against Brett's seduction, and the only one who seems to be able to manage their life by the end of the book. Jake served in world war I. this was a common thing to do back then, because this was when war was just tipping off the edge of being civilized, and people were still patriotic and wanting to help serve. Jake was willing to serve his country, and paid for it dearly. Jake was mutilated by the war, and because of his injury rendered impotent. In this sense the world broke Jake, and took his life from him. For a lot of men, losing something like what Jake lost is seen as a fate worse than death. After Jake was wounded, and was lying bandaged up in The Sun Also Rises the colonel gave him a speech saying, “you, a foreigner, an Englishman… have given more than your life!” (Ernest Hemingway, pg. 39). By any man’s standard, the world had certainly broken Jake, and for a weak willed individual this break may never be mended, but Jake was one of the select few who was able to grow a certain degree of strength from his loss. Parallels can be easily drawn between jakes life and Hemingway’s when observing their lives. Both Jake and Hemingway served willingly in the war, and both suffered an injury. This injury is most accurately described by the book From Puritanism to Postmodernism, where it is stated “ Hemingway was wounded on the Italian front and turned that wound into a primal metaphor of the pain of life in a

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