The Sun Also Rises Essay

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In The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway, setting has one of the most important roles in telling the story. The setting of a story is one of the most crucial things when you are reading and it allows you to imagine the environment in which characters are placed. It creates a tone and an attitude for the story which changes the way the reader feels as they continue to read. Normally setting is used only to describe where and when a story takes place but it can be used in many other ways too. It can be used to create suspense, foreshadow events to come and to develop characters. Earnest Hemingway foreshadows the plot and symbolizes the characters of The Sun Also Rises by making the setting parallel to the attitude of the events that are either happening or going to happen.
Hemingway starts the story in 1924 Paris which is where many American writers went after World War I. Jake along with his friends are those American writers who moved to France and write their stories which they then send back to be published. Around the world Paris is considered a romantic and lively place full of interesting people but most of the characters would disagree. Jake brings one of his French friends to a club with him where an American asks her what she thinks of Paris and she replies, “I don’t like Paris. It’s expensive and dirty.” (Hemingway 26) Although this description is about the city it is often shown in the residents too. “One of them saw Georgette and said: ‘I do declare. There is an actual harlot. I’m going to dance with her, Lett. You watch me.’” (Hemingway 28) The setting is being described and yet along with it so are some of the characters.
Eventually Jake and his friend Bill get away from everyone else and go to an island that is in the middle of a river. Bill knows Jake very well and knows that he does not like crowd so he asks “Want to eat on the island?” (Hemingway 78) This allows them to escape the crazy partying and the fake people that constantly surround them. After they finish eating they walk around and watch the river with the water being described as, “Smooth and Black. It made no sound against the piles of the bridge.” (Hemingway 83) This shows that Bill is the only person Jake does not believe to be wild and out of control because things are calm with him and he likes that. “‘Want to have a drink?’ ‘No,’ said Bill. ‘I don’t need it.’” (Hemingway 83) They do not need alcohol to drown themselves away when they are together because they are calm and peaceful just like the river.
The next place that has an important significance is Bayonne as it connects small simple country life and large dramatic city life together. Jake likes when things are calm and friendly which is why he is so happy in Bayonne. “Bayonne is a nice town. It is like a clean Spanish town and is on a big river.” (Hemingway 96) It is described as a nice little place where you could relax and not be bothered by the nice people who live there. It is also described as,...

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