The Sun Also Rises

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The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, is an impressive document of the people who became known as the "Lost Generation."This young generation having lost their dreams and innocence from the aftermath of World War I, emerged from the war bitter and aimless, and spent much of the 1920's drinking and partying away their frustrations.
A main conflict in this story is represented through the main character, Jake Barnes, and his long time friend and once lover, Lady Brett Ashley.Though both characters share feelings of love and compassion for one another, they cannot forego them due to an accident Jake suffered in the war leaving him sexless.
Hemingway displays another form of conflict between Jake and his friend, Robert Cohn.Jake pitting himself and his current postwar attitudes against those of Robert Cohn represents this conflict.Another way this conflict is expressed is by how Jake writes about Cohn.Though Jake seems journalistically objective through out the story, when he writes about Cohn, he is very critical and satirical.
A main theme of this story is displayed through Hemingway's portrayal of the characters' emotional and mental lives, which stands in contrast to their surface actions.Very often, their merrymaking is joyless and driven by alcohol.This allows them not to think about their inner lives or the war.Although they spend nearly all of their time partying in one way or another, they remain sorrowful or unfulfilled.Hence, their drinking and dancing is just a distraction, a purposeless activity of a wandering, aimless life.Another theme displayed is male insecurity.This is shown by Jake feeling as less of a man due to the loss of his manhood, which is only worsened by Brett's refusal to have a relationship with him.It is also shown by how Jake and his friends react to Cohn when they see him acting in an unmanly behavio