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One theme that I found recurring throughout the novel The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway was love Lady Brett Ashley was a beautiful woman who seemed to be irresistible to the men she became acquainted with For example Robert Cohn Bill Gorton Pedro Romero Mike Campbell and last but not least Jake Barnes Brett was ex tremely vulnerable to the charm that various men in her life seemed to smother her with Brett was not happy with her life or her surroundings and sought escape and refuge in the arms of these men All of these men had strong feelings for Brett The only problem was that Brett had no feelings for any of those men except for Jake The only reason Jake and Brett were not together was due to a wound Jake received during the war Jakes wound made him impotent incapable of making love The torture of his wound though is that he can still feel desire Jake and Brett could not love each other physically They could not show each other how much they truly loved one another They both desperately want something that they could not have due to Jakes injury Neither Jake nor Brett were able to find any satisfaction or completeness in love Jake was defined by this wound He was always thinking about it even when he did not seem to be Whenever Jake was about to go to bed and his thoughts loosened he thought about his wound and Brett Jake was able to feel love but he could not express it or consummate it Brett herself told Jake not to love her because she would only deceive him Love for Brett had become a power she con trolled It changed men but left her unaffected Jake was tolerant of Bretts behavior be cause he loved her unconditionally and was willing to overlook everything she did A different way Jake showed love
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