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Prevalent among many of Ernest Hemingways novels is the concept popularly known as the Hemingway hero an ideal character readily accepted by American readers as a mans man In The Sun Also Rises four different men are compared and contrasted as they engage in some form of relationship with Lady Brett Ashley a near-nymphomaniac Englishwoman who indulges in her passion for sex and control Brett plans to marry her fiance for superficial reasons completely ruins one man emotionally and spiritually separates from another to preserve the idea of their short-lived affair and to avoid self-destruction and denies and disgraces the only man whom she loves most dearly All her relationships occur in a period of months as Brett either accepts or rejects certain values or traits of each man Brett as a dynamic and self-controlled woman and her four love interests help demonstrate Hemingways standard definition of a man andor masculinity Each man Brett has a relationship with in the novel possesses distinct qualities that enable Hemingway to explore what it is to truly be a man The Hemingway man thus presented is a man of action of self-discipline and self-reliance and of strength and courage to confront all weaknesses fears failures and even death Jake Barnes as the narrator and supposed hero of the novel fell in love with Brett some years ago and is still powerfully and uncontrollably in love with her However Jake is unfortunately a casualty of the war having been emasculated in a freak accident Still adjusting to his impotence at the beginning of the novel Jake has lost all power and desire to have sex Because of this Jake and Brett cannot be lovers and all attempts at a relationship that is sexually fulfilling are simply futile Brett is a passionate lustful woman who is driven by the most intimate and loving act two may share something that Jake just cannot provide her with Jakes emasculation only puts the
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