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The Sun Also Rises By Ernest Heminway

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The Sun Also Rises” was written by an author regarded that many individuals regard as the greatest modern writers; Ernest Hemingway. Written in 1926, in a time that can only be described as firmly within the “modernist movement” of literature, it was heavily impacted upon by the reality of carnage that was the First World War. Critics of this particular period of literature oftentimes refer to the writings that come from this era as being the product of a “lost generation”. This is of course with reference to the fact that those individuals within this “lost generation” had their youth, hopes, and dreams dashed as a result of the horrific carnage and terror of the first global conflict of ...view middle of the document...

It is only through the imagination of the characters, especially Jake, that the “love story” itself is kept alive. As such, this false imagination brings him to an unrealistic conclusion. As he still hopes there can be a factor to unite he and Lady Brett, this unrealistic expectation takes on a life of its own. However, notwithstanding his vivid and misleading imagination, Jake does not ignore the fact that what he dreams for and lusts after might never materialize.
In contrast to this level of imagination, realism is an aspect of the story that portrays life events as they appear; rather that revamping them in light of hopeful aspirations (Lehan 22). Throughout the novel, Jake is driven by the reality presented by his impotence. “At one time or another, I had probably considered it from most of its various angles, including the one that certain injuries or imperfections are subject of merriment while remaining quite serious for the person possessing them” (Hemmingway 28). It is clear the author commits to realism in relation to the situation Jack faces but also integrates it with hopeless imagination that there could be a slight possibility as a result of unfathomed reasons. The actions that follow are characteristic of a modernistic transition by the author; but at the same time continue to incorporate realism into it.
Hemingway employs the use of time and place to great effect and impact on the development of the story. They signify transition and clashes in the elements of literature used in the novel. When the author show a close relationship between the character s and nature, he comes back to naturalism and also addresses realism (Lehan 217). When he brings time and place together, he brings a transition of this naturalism to a more modernist approach. In a naturalistic approach, the characters are modelled to react rather than act. The transition to modernism in the novel is shown by the acting capability of the characters. Jake is depicted as making decisions regarding his imagination and his obsession with Lady Brett. As such, not only does he make decisions regarding his mental obsession with Brett, he becomes a doer rather than a reactor by taking physical solutions to problems. For instance, he throws a punch to Robert Cohn when he hurls an insult at him. Says the author, “At the café Suizo, we had just sat down and ordered Fundador when Robert Cohn came up ‘where’s Brett?’ he asked. ‘I don’t know’… ‘I’ll make you tell me”-he stepped forward-‘You damned pimp’. I swung at him and he ducked” (Hemingway 190). This serves as a case of transition in literary approaches; providing a segue between imagination and reality. It appears that the characters previous approaches does not do much to help his development thus a modernistic approach changes even the way the character behaves.
The characters way of handling their emotional deficiencies is characteristic of modernism and its approach in literature. Additionally, it is a way for...

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