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Ironic Cycles In The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway uses irony and symbolism to illustrate how a group of Americans and English expatriates lived life They try to forget the war and restore a sense of meaning to their lives which he would have liked to do Hemingways attitudes are expressed in the book including his idea of emphasize the optimistic idea of progress of lifes cycle When Hemingway was growing up he would perfect his fishing during his familys summer vacations to Hortons Bay Right up until he decided to enlist in the army his passion was fishing The fishing trip in the book demonstrates that Jake can find happiness in the sun without Brett Spending time with two men that know the woman he loves makes him realize he is better off without Brett Jake seems to be the mature stabilizing friend to all but his own life is in a mess Hemingway shared the same characteristics When he was rejected from the army because of his bad eyesight he still wanted some adventure in his life So he decided to be an ambulance driver for the Red Cross After he was wounded he helped another injured man find his way to a trench and out of harm He put other peoples problems ahead of his own just as his character Jake does Jake symbolizes the steers being put into the ring to calm the bulls He is put into the rowdy group to help them maintain some order His true emotions do not show through much This is one of Jakes flaws along with his impotence As Hemingway was wounded in war he portrays this in Jakes character Hemingway joined the Lost Generation crowd during his hardships During these years people spent time aimlessly walking around They didnt think there was a purpose to their lives In the book the characters wandered together through an endless drunken procession of parties
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