Ernest Hemingway: Allegorical Figures In The Sun Also Rises

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Ernest Hemingway: Allegorical Figures in The Sun Also Rises

Thesis: Hemingway deliberately shaped the protagonists in The Sun Also Rises as allegorical figures.

OUTLINE I. The Sun Also Rises
A. Hemingway's novel.
B. Hemingway's protagonists are deliberately shaped as allegorical figures. C. Novel symbolizing the impotence after W.W.I. II. Jake Barnes.
A. Wound.
1. Damaged genitalia.
2. Can't make love.
3. Feels desire.
B. Wound is symbol of life in years after W.W.I.
C. Wound from accident.
1. Accidents always happen.
2. Can't prevent accidents.
3. “It was like certain dinners that I remember from the war. There was much wine and ignored tension, and a feeling of things coming that you could not prevent.”
D. Condition represents a
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From this point, Pedro can be seen as the real hero, man whose code gives meaning to a world where love and religion are defuncts, where the proofs of manhood are difficult and scarce, and where every man must learn to define his own moral condition and then live up to them. VI. Summary.
A. Hemingway purposely shaped the main characters in The Sun Also
Rises as allegorical figures.
B. Jake Barnes and Brett Ashley are two lovers desexed by the
C. Robert Cohn is the false knight who challenges their despair.
D. Pedro Romero personifies the good life which will survive their failure.

     The Sun Also Rises is a novel by Ernest Hemingway (1926). Hemingway deliberately shaped the protagonists in The Sun Also Rises as allegorical figures (Bloom, 1985, pp. 107). The novel symbolizes the impotence felt by the main characters after World War I.
     Jake Barnes, the narrator, had a wound from an “accident” that happened during the war. The injury damaged his genitalia. As a result, Barnes could no longer make love, but could still feel the desire. Barnes felt physically less than a man. Barnes made a comment about hating “homos”. This shows that Barnes was insecure about his masculinity. For this reason, he later found himself strongly attracted to the young bullfighter, Pedro Romero, whose manhood stood without women.
     The wound is a symbol of life
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