Religion in the Sun Also Rises Essay

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Participation in the war can alter ones views of the world. For Hemingway and the characters of The Sun Also Rises it meant the world had lost its innocence, and that traditional Christian morality no longer had any relevance. The expatriates lack religion as a whole and although they may know the concept they simply have no hope or faith. In The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, the difficulties of Brett, Jake and Bill can be directly attributed to the lack of religious faith that stems from their involvement in the war.
Brett faced a tragic loss during her involvement in the war and as a result, she experienced great difficulty being religious.

- Since the death of her love, Brett constantly threw herself at different men to try
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“There is no reason why because it is dark you should look at things differently from when it is light...for six months I never slept with the electric light off”.

Jake’s lack of faith

- Jake appreciates religion, however he cannot devote himself to god because of his war wound, since it is the cause of all his miseries throughout the novel.

“I was a little ashamed, and regretted that I was such a rotten Catholic, but realized there was nothing I could do about it, at least for a while, and maybe never, but that anyway it was a grand religion, and I only wished I felt religious and maybe I would the next time....”

This outlines Jake's unwillingness to accept his disconnection from God. Although he says he may be religious next time, it is evident he cannot devout himself to God because of his war wound which is the only thing that separates him from being with Brett.

Despite the fact that Jake enjoys seeing Cohn being hurt, he also feels guilty for it. These contradicting feelings Jake's having proved his confusion between good and bad.
That was morality; things that made you disgusted afterward. No, that must be immorality.

Bill’s involvement in the war left him hard, cynical and pessimistic. Bill believes in nothing at all, and he deals with life by mocking it.
- Bill cannot grasp the concept of religion or faith. Those

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