The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway is a classic novel, telling the story of Americans in Europe in the early nineteen-twenties. The characters who are showcased in the this story are part of the Lost Generation, the generation who lived through the horrors of World War I, called the Great War in that time period. Many of them, such as the characters in The Sun Also Rises, developed a cynical attitude towards American life and chose to immigrate to Europe.
The most affected of all the people of this time period are probably the veterans of the war. Experiencing it from the front lines, they endured the most traumatic times of the era. Jake Barnes, the story?s narrator, fought in the war. During his service, he was shot and injured in such a way that engaging in sexual intercourse was difficult, and almost impossible. Undoubtedly, Jake?s views of America were tainted afterwards.
However, the veterans of the war were not the only Americans desirous of becoming expatriates. Robert Cohn may be the best example of this. A Jewish non-veteran, Robert shared the same cynical attitudes as the majority of Americans of the decade.
World War I was assuredly not the
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