Where is Love?
The novel, The Sun also Rises, was written by Ernest Hemingway and published in 1926. It tells a story of the 1920s, also known as the Lost Generation. World War I affects all of the characters in this book and plays a large role in their love lives. In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, Lady Brett Ashley is an attractive woman who uses her beauty as advantage towards men. Brett is involved in many different affairs and has many different relationships. Mike Campbell, Pedro Romero, Robert Cohn, and the most Jake Barnes. Brett is very powerful in these relationships, causing them to be very destructive to both Brett and the men. A group of American and British citizens travel from Paris to the festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, where their true characters are exposed through their drunken interactions. Throughout this novel, love is a major theme that is constantly affecting all of the characters involved.
At the beginning of the story, Brett is getting a divorce from her husband and later becomes engaged to Mike Campbell, a drunken Scotch veteran of World War I. This engagement to Mike however does not stop Lady Brett from having many affairs with many different men including Cohn, Pedro, and Jake. However, she does not have a sexual relationship with Jake. Jake Barnes is an American World War veteran who works as a journalist. Brett was not content with her surroundings or the life she was living and looked for escape and comfort in the arms of these men. Throughout the novel Brett seeks many different men in attempt to solve her problems. Although all of these men had strong feelings for Brett, she only had eyes for Jake. Jake and Brett however could not be together because of injuries he received from World War I that left him impotent and incapable of having sexual relations. She will not be with him because she knows that she would need sex in her life. Jake tries to find a solution to their sex problem by asking, “Couldn’t we live together, Brett? Couldn’t we just live together?” and she states, “I don’t think so. I’d just tromper you with everybody. You couldn’t stand it” (7). They could not love each other for physical reasons; she would only cheat on him. Jake and Brett could not express the love they truly felt for each other but both desperately wanted what they can not have due to Jake's injury. This injury made things hard for Jake and because it basically defined him it was always on his mind. Jake would always over think about his impairment and Brett whenever he was alone. His injury held him back and he could not show her the love he felt. He knew that Brett would only deceive him if he loved her.
For Brett, love had become something she controlled. It transformed men but left her unsatisfied. Jake had unconditional love for her and was willing to look past everything she did. He was very accepting of Brett. He loved her so much that he would hook her up with Robert Cohn and Pedro Romero just so he could see...