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The Sun Also Rises is a novel that depicts the lost generation of adults that live in the years following the Great War These individuals have lost their belief in God and in the after-life Because of their loss of touch with reality they seemingly stumble through their lives living for each day The book centers on Jake and Brett and their friends These characters certainly live only for the day that is now Through their actions and the situations that they create Hemmingway uses them to express the feelings that he personally felt during the era The first thing that the characters represent is the impotency of life Through the character of Jake who is impotent Hemmingway shows the hopelessness and pointlessness of life In the story Jake is unable to have Brett his love due to the fact that 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 a superficial quality to them This represents the feelings of Hemmingway that the period is fake and useless Through Jake and his aims and feelings Hemmingway is able to represent the helplessness of the people of the time to deal with their problems and go through them Instead they ran from them and pushed them aside but never out of the way Hemmingway himself did this by withdrawing from society Because of the general feeling that life was meaningless and did not affect the future the people of the period lived for today and never planned for tomorrow They felt that once death came life was over and there was nothing else The Great War had instilled in them that there was no God or if there was he was not watching Thus they lived for only what they saw or wanted today This is evident in the story through the fact that all the
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