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The Sun Also Rises is a novel that depicts the lost generation of adults that livein the years following the Great War These individuals have lost their belief in God andin the after-life Because of their loss of touch with reality they seemingly stumblethrough their lives living for each day The book centers around the Jake and Brett andtheir friends These characters certainly live only for the day that is now Through theiractions and the situations that they create Hemmingway uses them to express the feelingsthat he personally felt during the eraThe first thing that the characters represent is the impotency of life Through thecharacter of Jake who is impotent Hemmingway shows the hopelessness andpointlessness of life In the story Jake is unable to have Brett his love due to the factthat he is impotent Therefore he tries to support her and help her in her endeavors However he always maintains his love for her which shows that his actions have asuperficial quality to them This represents the feelings of Hemmingway that the period isfake and useless Through Jake and his aims and feelings Hemmingway is able torepresent the helplessness of the people of the time to deal with their problems and gothrough them Instead they ran from them and pushed them aside but never out of theway Hemmingway himself did this by withdrawing from societyBecause of the general feeling that life was meaningless and did not affect thefuture the people of the period lived for today and never planned for tomorrow They feltthat once death came life was over and there was nothing else The Great War hadinstilled in them that there was no God or if there was he was not watching Thus theylived for only what they saw or wanted today This is evident in the story through the factthat all the characters simply drink to pass time It is also shown through the way thatBrett has no problem sleeping with several
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