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Analysis Of The Novel ' Bitches And True Love '

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Lindsey Williams

Mr. Brown/P.2

AP Literature and Composition

19 November 2015

Bitches and True Love (1980 Prompt)

Conquering an internal struggle between a passion and a responsibility can completely

tear someone apart. This type of conflict is evident in Ernest Hemingway 's The Sun Also Rises

within many of the characters. Brett, however, is the most prominent example because of the

way she copes with this war. She soldiers through, while some of the closest people to her

never even notice. Always appearing happy and unaffected on the outside, Brett faces the

toughest struggle out of all the characters on the inside. At the root of the conflict, Brett has a love for Jake that is kept a secret. In a group, no
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It is even noted that

"Romero 's bull-fighting gave real emotion, because he helps the absolute purity of line in his

movements and he always quietly and calmly let the horns pass him close each time" (171).

The emotion Romero radiates from his performances is easily felt and enjoyed by

Brett and Jake. Even though they can 't be together physically, because of Jake 's impotence,

they can at least be together emotionally while Brett maintains her responsibility of satisfying her

physical need elsewhere. Brett has two sides to her: her emotional love for Jake, and the physical hunger for

intimacy. Increasingly wanting to be with Jake, she must meet her physical needs first. She

goes off with many men, including Robert Cohn and Romero. When Jake asks, "Couldn 't we

live together, Brett? Couldn 't we just live together?" (62), Brett replies, "I don 't think so. I 'd just

tromper you with everybody. You couldn 't stand it" (62). The French verb "tromper" means "to

cheat on someone". However, this remark is something more than a woman behaving

promiscuously because she later pleads, "It 's the way I 'm made" (62), proving her loyalty to

Jake despite her nature. This conflict has very deep, instinctual roots in Brett, after all, she was

born a very physical person who loves experiencing the sensations of life. The two have tried

living
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