The Sun Also Rises Essay

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The Sun Also Rises Mystery Essay Ernest Hemmingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises is not considered to be a mystery. However, through his creative storytelling, Hemingway nimbly evokes an aura of uncertainty and mystique surrounding the relationship of Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Their attraction to each other is palpable, yet without the ability to consummate her sexual desires, and the tragic war wound that rendered him impotent, Brett obstinately pursues a variety of other meaningless relationships. There appears to be a recurring internal conflict with Brett throughout the course of the novel. Incapable of dealing with Jake’s injury, she meanders from relationship to relationship searching for that same unequivocal love she…show more content…
Brett left Jake because she didn’t want her relationship to be dictated by his inability to fulfill her sexual desires. Similarly, one could argue that she left Mike because she didn’t want their relationship to get in the way of her lust for Romero. Even at the end, she portrays leaving Romero as somewhat of a selfless act because she did not want to “corrupt” him. However, it is far more conceivable that she left because of his desire for her to look like a more conventional woman. Unwilling to compromise her ideals in the slightest in her quest for control in the relationship, she sabotages what she has to maintain this status of self-control. Perhaps this is why she takes solace in her relationship with Jake. She knows that because of his impotence, their relationship lacks any meaningful future, and she can seek comfort in him knowing that he is unable to control their relationship in that way. He is unable to exert that sort of sexual dominance over her. That is why it makes the last lines from the novel particularly meaningful: “‘Oh, Jake,’ Brett said, ‘we could have had such a damned good time together.” To which Jake responds, “‘Yes,’…‘Isn’t it pretty to think so?’” (Hemingway 251). This quote presents their obvious contrasting illusions of what their relationship could be. Brett seems confident they would have ended up together if not for his wound, but Jake sees what she does not. Over time, with the opportunity to observe Brett’s
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