1. What does Hemingway's attitude toward the character of Robert Cohn appear to be? Support your answer with at least two examples from the excerpt. Robert Cohn is a Jewish novelist with low self esteem. Hemmingway, through the narrator, sees Cohn as a bit of a "patsy". He is dominated by women and takes allot of abuse. Robert does not have many friends and the ones he has enjoy seeing him humiliated. 2. Find an example of "vigorous English" from the excerpt. He took it out in boxing, and he came out of Princeton with painful self-consciousness and the flattened nose, and was married by the first girl who was nice to him. 3. How is Hemingway's love for sports represented in this excerpt? Hemingway incorporates his love for sports into the story by talking about his favorite sports. Football and Boxing are mentioned in the story at least 3 times. 4. Hemingway was influenced by the "stream of consciousness" style of fellow writer Gertrude Stein. Find an example from the excerpt of how Hemingway incorporated this style into his own. I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together, and I always had a suspicion that perhaps Robert Cohn had never been middleweight boxing champion, and that perhaps a horse had stepped on his face, or that maybe his mother had been frightened or seen something, or that he had, maybe, bumped into something as a young child, but I finally had somebody verify the story from Spider Kelly. 5. What is the tone of this excerpt? Do you feel the story will end in a positive or negative way for Robert Cohn? The Aimlessness of the Lost Generation: World War I undercut traditional notions of morality, faith, and justice. No longer able to rely on the traditional beliefs that gave life meaning, the men and women who experienced the war became psychologically and morally lost, and they wandered aimlessly in a world that appeared meaningless. This is the tone of the story "The Sun Also Rises".
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