Sun Also Rises

Topics: World War I, Ernest Hemingway, Lost Generation, World War II / Pages: 9 (2215 words) / Published: Apr 22nd, 2016
The “Great War”, which the world’s first global conflict centered in Europe, saw the Central power: Germany, the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary and against the Allied forces of Great Britain, the United States, France, Russia, Italy, and Japan. With the vast improvement in modern technology, this warfare resulted in unprecedented destruction, of more than 9 million soldiers had died by the end of the war in November 1918. The optimism that preceded the century was abandoned and became bleak, filled with a despairing attitude towards on life, was assumed after people had experienced the brutality of warfare. Postwar disillusion in Europe resulted in the rejection of the institutions and ideologies that plunged the continent into the worst …show more content…
“ The book, which presented an intense portrait of the modern world through an emotionally disfigured group of American expatriates living in France and Spain during the years immediately following World War …show more content…
There is no God throughout the novel to speak of or speak to- at least not an obvious one— or any other sovereignty placed above man except that which comes from the man himself. It is the lack of God that troubles the main character Jake, hence seeing wanting a greater desire for life’s meaning. Jake Barnes, the protagonist of the story, gives a first-person narration of the story. Jake is wounded in various aspects physically, emotionally, and spiritually—his experience in the Great War has left him physically impotent and somewhat strips him of his sexuality. Jake is in love with Lady Brett Ashley, who despite her love for Jake resists being in a relationship with him because of his sexual impotence, and not wanting to live with him because she scared her own infidelity. Throughout the Sun Also Rises we see Jake Barnes in moral limbo. “ World War 1 and the staggering amount of injury, death, and loss it inflicted on the generation that fought in it threw into question With the destruction of the traditional value systems,

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