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Love as Only Wishful Thinking Throughout Ernest Hemingways novel The Sun Also Rises the theme of escaping reality by engaging in excessive drinking and casual sex occurs repeatedly The new attitudes of The Lost Generation manifested in Lady Brett Ashley who goes through many meaningless relations with several male characters throughout the novel Indirectly Brett managed to reject all those with whom she engaged in a relationship Her rejection to Robert Cohn plays an important role in the novel as a result of the relationship involving a direct rejection which contrasts that of any other character Cohn displays a heavily obsessive attraction with Brett all throughout the novel although he fails to realize his problem All of the main characters often emotionally abused Cohn categorizing him as the scapegoat Although most of the abuse came directly from Jake Bill and Mike the only verbal abuse that actually affected Cohn came from Brett Cohn continually stalked Brett throughout her other relationships Mike and Brett did not want Cohns presence in San Sebastian At one point Mike displays his position towards the situation describing Cohns actions similar to following Brett around like a steer 146 ch13 Cohns obsession ends when he intrudes upon Brett and Pedros affair at the hotel After catching Brett and Pedro engaged in intercourse Cohn proceeded to beat Pedro senseless The beating ceased when Brett verbally told Cohn off inevitably resulting in Cohn leaving Brett alone for good The relationship between Brett and Cohn differs from any other because Brett avoided confrontation with the situation until later in the novel Brett actually portrayed thoughtful feelings towards Cohn even protecting him during verbal abuse from other characters however she eventually becomes sick of Cohns antics and shares her problem with hope for advice from the other characters Due to Brett sharing her problem the other characters of the novel must confront Cohn about his obsession with Brett rather than her accomplishing the task
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