Character Analysis Of The Sun Also Rises

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In Earnest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises, the character Jake Barnes is the narrator and important character in this novel. The narrator, or Jake, describes the people around him from his point of view, and also adds in his own dialogue or interactions with the other characters. These characters are experienced through the biases of the narrator. In this character analysis, three main features about Jake Barnes stand out. That he is a veteran of World War I who is suffering from an injury; Jake, out of his friend group, is the only one who works for a living; and Jake’s character represents the “Lost Generation” (“the generation of men and women who came of age during or immediately following World War I: viewed, as a result of their…show more content…
There is a conversation between the two about They are in the city of love, but Jake is unable to keep his, which adds to his aimlessness throughout the story. Jake will purposefully make fun of his injury, pretend that it is not big deal, it is a funny situation. "When I think of the hell I 've put chaps through. I 'm paying for it all now." "Don 't talk like a fool," I said. "Besides, what happened to me is supposed to be funny. I never think about it." "Oh, no. I 'll lay you don 't." " 'Well, let 's shut up about it." "I laughed about it too, myself, once." She wasn 't looking at me. "A friend of my brother 's came home that way from Mons. It seemed like a hell of a joke. Chaps never know anything, do they?" "No," I said. "Nobody ever knows anything." (Chapter 4). His injury is never fully addressed in the story, but one can come to the conclusion that he is Impotent, which hinders him unable to actually have a real relationship with Lady Brett Ashley, the woman he is in love with. Lady Brett and Jake have a mutual love between them, which makes it even harder for Jake to have a purpose with his life. "Don 't you love me?" "Love you? I simply turn all to jelly when you touch me." "Isn 't there anything we can do about it?" She was sitting up now. My arm was around her and she was leaning back against me, and we were quite calm. She was looking into my eyes…show more content…
He is one of the only, if not the only, characters in the novel and out of his friend group who works for a living. In the second chapter, Robert shows up at Jake’s work, and Jake plays off it off for the sake of Robert not knowing that Jake actually has to work. "Aren 't you working?" "No," I said. We went down the stairs to the café on the ground floor. I had discovered that was the best way to get rid of friends. Once you had a drink all you had to say was: "Well, I 've got to get back and get off some cables," and it was done. It is very important to discover graceful exits like that in the newspaper business, where it is such an important part of the ethics that you should never seem to be working (chapter 2).” Jake, in this quote, says that “you should never seem to be working”; this can be referred back to all his friends having money, and not having to work. Even though Jake does work and keeps up his appearance to his friends, they are all the aimless people, from what it was back after WWI, who go from bar to bar and spend a good majority of their time with alcohol. Jake joins them during and after work when they go out bar to bar spending most of their time

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