Literary Criticism on the Sun Also Rises

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The criticisms on The Sun Also Rises all say that this book was written in a too masculine way, as it was pretty much his point of view on the post war and the novel was written based on his personal experience, like in the quote: "Hemingway's analysis of the expatriate lifestyle relies heavily on personal experience. As a result, the novel is often considered a masculine piece." I definitely agree with this quote because everything that happens in the story revolves around in a manly way. It seems to give superiority to men over women, making the women in the story appear as icons, they do not get allowed to participate with many of the males activities.

In this novel, Hemmingway tried to capture the feelings of post-war people in the 1920's, because a lot of young men were looking for something to do after the war was over. This is in the quote: "For better or worse, the success of this novel ensured Hemingway's close identification with the so-called Lost Generation of the 1920s. The novel explores the disintegrating lives of expatriate individuals who seek temporary excitement and opportunities to displace the moral and spiritual voids that define their lives." I also agree with this analysis because I find often throughout the book that the characters mention the end of the war with a more negative tone. I never looked at the war in this angle, that the war could provide the excitement people want, and after reading the novel, I see this point so clearly.

Most of the criticisms said that most of the content of this novel is "in between the lines," as in you have to analyze the novel for things such as metaphors. This is proven in the quote: ", Hemingway's method of literary construction was analogous to the movement and structure of an iceberg, seven-eighths of which is concealed beneath the surface of the water." This point is the one that I most agree with. If you read the book without "reading beyond," then the story is pointless; it would have no...
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