Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby and Brett Ashley of The Sun Also Rises Written right after the publication of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is apparently influenced in many ways. The most obvious of Fitzgerald's influence is manifested in Hemingway's portrayal of his heroine, Brett Ashley. Numerous critics have noted and discussed the similarities between Brett and Daisy Buchanan, and rightly so; but the two women also have fundamental differences
insistence that she loved them both is honest—she loved Gatsby in a romantic way, and she loved Tom in a more practical way. (Fryer) Daisy craves for stability and a certain structure in life, something Tom as being “old money” can, and Gatsby and his “new money”, never will be able to offer her. Hemingway’s typical Flapper character, Lady Brett Ashley is an independent, charming, strong woman who cuts her hair short and has an almost magical power over all male characters in the novel
One strong theme of modernism in literature is the attack and or decline of The American Dream. The American Dream is the idea that everyone, men, and women, have an equal opportunity to achieve wealth, success and or happiness through determination, and hard work, in other words, the pursuit of happiness. Two writers that illustrate this theme of modernism are F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, and Ernest Hemingway, author of The Sun Also Rises. From the outside, one may think The
juxtapose this lack of "masculine identity," Hemingway even places Jake opposite Lady Brett Ashley (Jake's love interest throughout the novel) who self-proclaims herself "one of the chaps." She oftens exhibits what has traditionally been considered masculine behavior. Brett has a rebellious wild streak, smokes and drinks, lacks any religion or fully-formed moral beliefs. She's promiscuous and soon to be a divorcee. Brett seems to emasculate many of the men around her; both because of her self-confident
for a variety of reasons. “Mike was a bad drunk. Brett was a good drunk. Bill was a good drunk. Cohn was never drunk. Mike was unpleasant after he passed a certain point” (152). Brett Ashley drinks to be extra friendly with the rich men of the town. Impotent Jake Barnes drinks because he knows he cannot physically be with Brett due to his injury from the war. He loses friendships and other relationships due to his hopeless love and loyalty for Brett who is having love affairs with many other men.
between characters are known universally. These vital relationships make stories come alive. But certain connections in stories are detrimental to the characters. These can actually make the story that much more interesting. Brett Ashley and Jake Barnes. Tom and Daisy Buchanan. These are the relationships that ruin themselves but become ubiquitous for their violence and conflict. And sometimes that is just more interesting. Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita explores this idea about relationships, especially