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The Sun Also Rises Hemingways depiction of the traditional hero The Hemingway Hero Prevalent among many of Ernest Hemingway s novels is the conceptpopularly known as the Hemingway hero an ideal character readilyaccepted by American readers as a man s man In The Sun Also Risesfour different men are compared and contrasted as they engage in someform of relationship with Lady Brett Ashley a near-nymphomaniacEnglishwoman who indulges in her passion for sex and control Brettplans to marry her fiancee for superficial reasons completely ruins oneman emotionally and spiritually separates from another to preserve theidea of their short-lived affair and to avoid self-destruction anddenies and disgraces the only man whom she loves most dearly All herrelationships occur in a period of months as Brett either accepts orrejects certain values or traits of each man Brett as a dynamic andself-controlled woman and her four love interests help demonstrateHemingway s standard definition of a man andor masculinity Each manBrett has a relationship with in the novel possesses distinct qualitiesthat enable Hemingway to explore what it is to truly be a man TheHemingway man thus presented is a man of action of self-discipline andself-reliance and of strength and courage to confront all weaknessesfears failures and even death Jake Barnes as the narrator and supposed hero of the novel fell inlove with Brett some years ago and is still powerfully anduncontrollably in love with her However Jake is unfortunately acasualty of the war having been emasculated in a freak accident Stilladjusting to his impotence at the beginning of the novel Jake has lostall power and desire to have sex Because of this Jake and Brettcannot be lovers and all attempts at a relationship that is sexuallyfulfilling are simply futile Brett is a passionate lustful woman whois driven by the most intimate and loving act two may share somethingthat Jake just cannot provide her with Jake s emasculation only putsthe two in
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