Topics: Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, Old age Pages: 2 (513 words) Published: March 10, 2013
The Sun also Rises Essay REDO
In The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, Belmonte, an old bull-fighting champion, gains insight to the cyclical nature of life by realizing that his time of fame has passed and that a new champion, Romero, has risen up to take his place. This spoils Belmonte’s return from retirement and leaves him sick and ashamed of himself.

Belmonte struggles to accept that he is no longer the best bull-fighter around. Due to his sickness and old age he cannot perform at his best, let alone anywhere near his performance from earlier in his career. He tries to cheat himself into thinking it all will be the same by fixing it so he gets to fight smaller, less dangerous bulls. He soon notices that even with smaller bulls, his performance is dulled by his illness and inability to move because of it. “Belmonte’s jaw came further…utterly contemptuous and indifferent.” This shows that not only is Belmonte not able to perform at the same level as he did in his prime, but he also felt “defrauded and cheated” that the crowd expected so much from him after all he had done in the past. At that moment he begins to discover that his time of fame is over. Belmonte returns from retirement to compete against Marcial, another bull-fighter. However, Belmonte did not plan competing against Romero; a bull-fighter who has skills that are even greater than that of Belmonte in his glory days. By observing Romero, Belmonte realizes he could be outshone by the young bull-fighter and arranges it so that Romero gets Bigger, stronger bulls with dangerous horns, while he gets smaller bulls with not-as-dangerous horns so he is not put in as much danger as Romero. Belmonte originally goes to fight the bulls again in order to reclaim his past fame, but instead comes to realize he is but a shell of his former self, this is demonstrated in the passage, “He had meant to have a great…pieces of bread and vegetables, thrown down at him in the plaza where he had had his...
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