Hemingway uses bullfights as some kind of outlook on life. Young bullfighter Pedro Romero is an example brought up by Hemingway to show the reader that to come out of this lifelessness one needs to participate in it, for that is the only escape from the dullness and disillusions. Hemingway as a big problem viewed the absence of interest in life. If fine literature functions primarily to provoke thought then Ernest Hemingways The Sun Also Rises summarizes a literary masterpiece. Presented in an honest and straightforward writing style, Hemingway reflects aspects of his own life and of the twentieth century. He also succeeds in executing a sort of social commentary in, The Sun Also Rises.
He speaks for a generation disillusioned with life, but ultimately speaks to all humans concerning lifes meaning and purpose. In comparison to other authors, few write about their own personal experiences. Hemingway portrays his own life experiences through the characters in his novels. The Sun Also Rises reflects Hemingways experiences and beliefs. Hemingway used a conscientious formula in the art of his novel. He honestly worked within his own experiences and developed its possibilities.
His material was created from his experiences, and many of his experiences reflected back on the various settings or times. Hemingway patterns many of his characters after himself, and he expresses himself through Jake Barnes. But to say that the sun also rises is to emphasize that it has set. The sun also rises, yes, and the earth abides, yes; but our generation is no longer here to rise nor to stay; and the ancient classical sadness of this fact echoes Biblically and beautifully underneath everything in Barnes's meditation on the past, underneath the bright moments... (Baker) He reveals these arenas in the novel through the eyes of the narrator, Jake Barnes. Jake shares Hemingways characteristics and interests.
Jake, a war veteran and a news writer, like Hemingway, enjoys fishing, in Spain before the bullfights. Once in Pamplona, we see another similar interest of Hemingways. Your friend, is he aficionado, too? Montoya smiled at Bill. Yes.
He came all the way from New York to see the San F ermines. Yes? Montoya politely disbelieved. But hes not aficionado like you? (Ernest, Pg. 131). Here Montoya describes Jake as an aficionado, possessing some great admiration and passion for the lost art of bullfighting, the same passion for bullfights as Hemingway. As well as writing about his own experiences, Hemingway wrote about the issues that concerned his generation.
The early twenties, right after the First World War, characterize the period in which Hemingway wrote. The war devastated the French as well as the entire world. Many people lived disillusioned lives wandering, not sure for what they searched. Many of the people lived for today and did not care about tomorrow. Jake, similar to many people of his time, lived for today. He stayed out until late hours partying and drinking.
Drinking was an everyday routine for Jake. Bill ridicules Jakes way of life in their dialogue on pity and irony. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex.
You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? (Ernest, Pg. 115). Jake was not alone. Society reacted to the tragedies of the war. They acted as if the sun went down on their lives.
Several authors are known for their distinct style of writing, not what the writer says, but how they say it. Hemingway is famous for writing his words with detail and precision. The action scenes come alive because of his use of verbs. Hemingway describes more through action, especially at the bullfights. Romero's bull-fighting gave real emotion, because he kept the absolute purity of line in his movements and always quietly and calmly let the horns pass him close each time. He did not have to emphasize their closeness (Ernest, Pg.
168). Hemingway is very descriptive and accurate with his words when explaining the bullfights. The structure of the novel also helps to display important aspects in the novel. The novel is structured in three acts, which allows for thought being provoked.
The first act is in Paris where Jake lives his seemingly fake day-to-day life, and Paris is portrayed as trivial and superficial. The second act is in Spain, where Jake has a great passion for bullfighting and yet, even in that, he loses passion, leaving Spain as passionate and deeply tragic. The last act resides in France where Jake is left with no true assurance of the benefits of on life over the other. With the structure of the novel, these important aspects disclose themselves, and the meaning escapes. Yet, while Hemingway reflects aspects of his life and of the twentieth century. Hemingway managed to link setting, characterization, theme, and style beautifully to the time in which he was writing about.
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