COMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAY
Robert Cohn and Count Mippipopolous
In Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises, I was very impressed by two of the characters Robert Cohn and Count Mippipopolous. Robert Cohn is a shy, inferiority, romantic, childish, unpractical, unsuccessful and unfortunate 34 years Jewish man, and his life is full of uncertainty and frustration. Count Mippipopoplous is a rich, generous, successful and high status business man. He is an old campaigner, and has lots of experience in the war and the life. These two characters live in the same age of turbulence, and they have some of the same friends, whereas they have totally different personalities, attitude and life. Robert Cohn is an unsuccessful and hapless Jewish young man whether in university or in the society. Firstly, he was the middleweight boxing champion of Princeton, but actually he doesn’t like boxing, and he learn it just because he wants to conquer his inferiority of being a Jew. In chapter I, “He cared nothing for boxing, in fact he disliked it, but he …on being treated as a Jew at Princeton” (11). He can’t change his original identity, but he wants to be respected from his schoolmates. Being a boxing champion really comforts him although he paid for it a lot. His nose was injured from boxing permanently. But he gets some confidence and satisfaction when he knocks down someone who looks down him. In chapter I, “there was a certain inner comfort … who was snooty to him” (11). From this sentence, we can see he wants to change his first identity of being a Jew and being isolated by the main society. But unfortunately, no one remembered him after he graduated from the Princeton although he was a middleweight boxing champion of that university. Finally, he gave up boxing with anguish. In chapter I, “he took it out in boxing, and he came out of Princeton with painful self-consciousness and the flattened nose” (12).Obviously, he is an unsuccessfully student when he...
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