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sun also rises

             In the novel The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway describes .
             a couple who share a very strange and distant kind of love .
             for each other. This story takes place immediately after .
             World War I, a time of great hardship. This hardship results .
             in a digression of values both morally and socially. The .
             love that Brett and Jake share is symbolic of the general .
             decline in values in that they tolerate behaviors in one .
             another that would have been previously considered .
             It is clear that Lady Brett Ashley is anything but a .
             lady. She is kind and sweet but extremely vulnerable to the .
             charm that various men in her life seem to smother her with. .
             Brett is not happy with her life or her surroundings and .
             seeks escape and refuge in the arms of these men. But her .
             actions seem always to end up hurting her, and she runs back .
             to Jake. Jake knows that he will never be able to have her .
             for his own, and he accepts this as fact. This is clear when .
             the Count asks them why donyou get married, you two? .
             (68) To this question, they give a lame half hearted .
             awnser which implies that it will never happen. He is .
             tolerant of her behavior because he loves her .
             unconditionally and is willing to overlook everything she .
             does. Jakewillingness to endure and forgive Brett.
             promiscuity and infidelity is an indication of the skewed .
             values of the age. It was an anything goes era right after .
             the first war, and Jakemessage to Brett seems to be the .
             same: anything goes as long as you eventually come back to .
             Jake is forced to accept living in this seemingly .
             terrible way for more than one reason. He a weak person .
             socially, but he is also physically disabled because of an .
             injury that he suffered during the war. He suffered an .
             injury that caused him to be castrated. The first .
             hint of this is when he says to Georgeette I was hurt in .
             the war (24) in refrence to why they can not have physical .
             realtions. This injury is one that makes him insecure, but .

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