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Ernest Hemingways The Sun Also Rises is a story about a group of people living in Paris They do not seem to have real jobs it is like they are trying to find some meaning to life They travel drink and have casual sex frequently I want to talk about the three main characters Robin Cohn Jake Barnes and Brett Ashley The first character introduced was Robert Cohn a Jewish man once a middleweight boxing champion a divorcee with three children and a writer Robert lived with a woman friend Frances who was jealous insecure and very vain Robert read WH Hudsons The Purple Land and used the contents of this book for a guide-book to what life holds After reading The Purple Land he had the desire to get awayand wanted to go to South America Most of his life experiences he receives comes from reading and by secondhand means rather than confronting life directly Robert ends up having an affair with Brett Ashley whom his best friend Jake Barnes loves He seems to intrude on other people when he is not wanted and it does not seem to bother him The main character seems to be Jake Barnes He is a newspaper journalist who was injured in the war and left impotent He has to learn to readjust to life on his own terms Jake is a sportsman who enjoys reading watching bullfights and fishing Jake and Robert are good friendsthey play tennis together The two are different Jake seems to go through some type of self-criticism constantly but not Robert Jake also has a hard time with his friend Brett Ashley because of his impotency He loves her and has to forma different kind of friendship because they can never be lovers They share much pain trying to stay as friendsbecause of their love for one another Brett Ashley is a woman who has a large sexual appetite She has been married
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