The Sun Also Rises

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Selflessness In Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, we are taken back to the 1920’s, accompanied by the “Lost Generation.” During this time, prohibition was occurring in America. Hemingway uses alcohol as an obstacle that causes distresses between the main character, Jake and his life. Along with alcohol, promiscuity is prevalent throughout the novel. The heroine of the novel, Brett, displays the theme of promiscuity throughout the novel. She uses her sheer beauty and charming personality to lure men into her lonely life. The themes of alcohol and promiscuity intertwine with the Lost Generation in this classic love saga. To begin, Jake Barnes the protagonist is a journalist in Paris. He spent the earlier part of his life serving…show more content…
The part of the novel that best defines the relationship of the two is when Brett and Jake are alone while Jake is getting dressed. Jake tells her that he loves her, and Brett asks if he wants her to send the man she is with away. She goes outside and sends Count to get some champagne, so the two can talk alone. Everything seems to be going well, until they talk about the situation in detail. “Couldn’t we live together Brett? Couldn’t we just live together?” “I don’t think so. I’d just tromper you with everybody. You couldn’t stand it.” “I stand it now.” “That would be different. It’s not my fault Jake. It’s the way I’m made” (Hemingway 62). Brett displays both promiscuity and codependent behavior throughout the novel, and neither characteristic discharges her distress. By pushing men away, Brett is really displaying codependent behavior. She acts like she does not need the men to fulfill her emotions, but without men competing for her, her life is empty. Not only does she lean on Jake for emotional fulfillment, but she counts on men obsessing over her. She acts as if she would be alright if no men exclaimed their love for her, but she in fact thrives on it. Her fuel to live is turning men down, and she depends on that behavior to get by in her already empty life. Hemingway is known as one of the great writers of the Lost Generation. Mike, Robert and Jake were three men being used by Brett. When she got what she wanted and left them,

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