I. The Author
The Author of this novel is Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 and died on July 2, 1961. He was an American author and journalist, which relates to the book because in The Sun Also Rises the protagonist, Jake Barnes, is a journalist. He was also an ambulance driver in World War I which ties in with the book as well because Jake was a World War I veteran. Another thing that ties in the book from his personal life is that he was wounded, and in the novel as well he is wounded and that is how he had met Brett when she was taking care of Jake because he had gotten hurt during the war.
II. Form, Structure, and Plot
The novel throughout is organized in a chronological order, and organized into three “books” or sections. The book was 251 pages in length and 19 chapters long. In the beginning of the book Jake is describing Robert Cohn, his friend who was a boxing champion for Princeton. Jake is a journalist that was living in Paris as well with Robert; Robert keeps on bothering Jake to go to South America with him, but Jake doesn’t want to go and tells Robert, “... going to another country doesn’t make any difference… you can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” Then Jake meets Brett again at a club where Jake was invited to. Jake seems to have had a thing with her before, but now that they met again Jake tells him that the wound that he received back in the war made him impotent and she doesn’t really want to go into a real relationship with him. Later on though they end up having some passionate moments; for example, when they are kissing in the taxi. Then Brett says she is going to leave to go to Spain (San Sebastian) because they were getting too close again and she is engaged anyways. Later on, Jake decides to go to Spain as well, but he is going with his other friend Bill, because Robert wasn’t in Paris. There they find Brett again go to Paris, and then end up taking a train