The Sun Also Rises : The Loss Of God And Religion

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The Sun Also Rises: The Loss of God and Religion
It has been called one of Hemingway’s greatest literary works as it is the “quintessential novel of the Lost Generation.” Its strong language and subject matter portray a powerful image of the state of disenchantment felt in the 1920’s after the war. The interactions between the characters in this novel display a society living without convictions, affirming Gertrude Stein’s quotation at the beginning of the novel, “You are all a lost generation.” To paint this vivid picture of discontentment and disillusionment Hemingway tears away traditional ideas and values by stifling the appearance of God and religion. Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is a poignant take on how the consequences of war can limit or diminish the presence of God and religious faith amongst those living in a post war society.
The novel begins with Jake Barnes, the narrator, giving a description of Robert Cohn. His description of Cohn is not particularly favorable as it illustrates that Jake has little respect for Cohn. He describes Robert Cohn as a Jew, not in reference to his religion but more so as a flaw in his character. This is evident in statements like, “No one had ever made him feel he was a Jew” (Hemingway 12) and “He had a hard, Jewish, stubborn streak” (Hemingway 18). The language Hemingway uses here is significant because it is the first introduction to the disconnection between these characters and their faiths. Like Jake, Robert Cohn is…

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