TheSun Also Rises WritingThe Sun Also Rises is a novel narrated by Jake Barnes.
This novel is made up of three different book. Book one takes place in Paris,France. Book two takes place in Spain which is where Jake travels, but he ismostly in the town of Pamplona. Book three also takes place in Spain.
In book one Jake interacts with many Americans who liveoutside of their native country. He spends a lot of time with them, going torestaurants, drinking and talking. We first meet a man named Robert Cohn who isa Jewish writer. Cohn is staying in Paris with his fiancée Frances. She isdescribed as a woman in her thirties who is afraid that she is aging fast andis losing beauty, so she thinks Cohn will leave her. In the end Cohn actuallydoes end up leaving her. We also meet Lady Ashley, also known as Brett. Jakeand Brett used to have a thing but now he wants to start that up again and getback together.
Brett does not want the same. She makes it clear to him that itisn’t that she does not love him, but that she can’t handle being with him dueto his injury that he received in WW1. Jakes genitals were badly injured and heis no longer able to perform sexually. So instead, Brett wants to marry awealthy man named Mike Campbell. Between books one and two, Frances goes back to Englandand Brett goes to San Sebastian where she ends up having an affair with Cohn.Most of book two takes place in Pamplona, Spain, where they all gather togetherto watch the festival of San Fermin and the bullfights.There is alot more drinking and partying that takes place.
Mike and Cohn get into anumber of arguments over Brett. In the meantime, Brett falls in love with anineteen year-old bullfighter named Pedro Romero. She has an affair with him. Cohn becomes upset thathe is losing Brett and gets into a physical fight with Jake and knocks him out.Then Cohn gets into a fight with Pedro and beats him up badly. Book Two endswith Cohn leaving town, Brett running away with Pedro, and Mike drinkinghimself unconscious.When book three begins, the festival is over.
Jake travels to SanSebastian, where he gets a telegram from Brett saying that she’s in trouble inMadrid. When he gets to Madrid, Brett explains that she broke up with Pedrobecause he wanted to marry her and she didn’t want to. She also says that shecan’t marry Mike any more. The story ends with Jake and Brett going out toexplore Madrid together, but we’re left with uncertainty of where life mighttake them next. Jake Barnes: If World War 1 never happened, Jake wouldprobably be a total stud. All the woman would want him and the men wouldbe jealous.
Unfortunately, in our world, and in the novel, World War I most definitelydid happen, and it left anugly scar upon everyone it affected. Jake is no exception. His scars are notonly mental, they’re physical too.
Georgette looked up to be kissed. She touched mewith one hand and I put her hand away. “Nevermind.””What’s the matter? You sick?””Everybody’s sick. I’m sick too.” (23) He hasa war wound that makes him unable to perform in sexual activities.
Which tohim, explodes the image of him as a hero. He’s a hero who’s not able to be ahero, a man who can’t perform his manly duties. Even though women definitelydo want him, they can’thave him. While men admire and respect him, they certainly don’t want to be him. Jakerepresents the aimlessness and dissatisfaction of the post- World War 1 era.
He was permanentlymarked by the war, and he’s just one of the thousands and thousands of youngmen damaged by it. He may try to keep a calm and collected front, but whenhe lets his guard down he’s shaken up pretty easily. Jake is a symbolic object ofan entire generation damaged by the trauma of a war of global scale, the likesof which had never been seen before. “I lay awake thinking and my mindjumping around. Then I couldn’t keep away from it, and I started to think aboutBrett and all the rest of it went away.
I was thinking about Brett and my mindstopped jumping around and started to go in sort of smooth waves. Then all of asudden I started to cry.” (39) In this moment Jake breaks down and gives in tohis despair about his hopeless relationship with Brett.”Itis awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at nightit is another thing”. (42)This quote is talking about how Jake is having some difficultystaying strong through everything. In the quote he mentions how the nights arehard, probably because he’s all alone. It isn’t hard to get too into your headwhen you’re alone for a long time.
What he struggles with makes it difficultfor him to interact with others. When he does talk to others, he isn’t givingthem his full self because he doesn’t think he can.