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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 unacceptable 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 dont you 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 Jakes willingness to endure and forgive Bretts 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 Jakes message to Brett seems to be the same anything goes as long as you eventually come back to me 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
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