Facts on the Sun Also Rises and Religion

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The festival
v The festival of san fermin was originally created as a religious festival but over time the circumstances have changed and it has become more about drinking and staying up all night. v Jake is much like the festival where he was once more Christian but over time his priorities have changed. Expatriots

v Brett and jake are so far away from God and Christianity because their involvement in the war made it hard for them to view the world as a pure Christian place. v Most expatriates were not religious at all and seriously lacked hope and faith v The lost generation really had no direction as to where to turn to when the war ended, unfortunately they turned more to sex and alcohol rather than religion because they felt it worked faster. v Both jake and brett are scarred from the war, both have lost the capability to love in a way, jake cannot physically be with a woman and brett lost the love of her life. Both are, in a way, bitter and take instead of turning to religion they turn away from it and drink v They have so much drama in their lives that they again turn away from religion to alcohol to escape reality Brett

v Brett is emotionally wounded since her love died, she turned to sex and alcohol instead of religion to heal her much like other expatriots of her time v Brett knows that she is not worthy to call herself a good Christian that’s why in chapter 18 she says “I’m damned bad for a religious atmosphere. I’ve the wrong type of face.” v Brett doesn’t believe that prayer works as well at getting her what she wants as much as sex, alcohol and her good looks do that is why she says “Never does me any good. I’ve never gotten anything I prayed for”. v She is viewed as an impure person, and it is touched upon in chapter 15 when she is denied entrance into the cathedral. Even though she is only denied for not wearing a hat it is symbolism for her questionable morals. v She doesn’t really believe that God exists...
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