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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Literary Devices in The Sun Also Rises

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Bulls and bull-fighting are the two most critical symbols in The Sun Also Rises. The bulls symbolize passion, physicality, energy, and freedom. As a combination of these factors, in their interacti...

Setting

First, let’s tackle Paris: the first few chapters of the novel take place in a loosely fictionalized version of the famous community of expatriate writers and artists that Hemingway really li...

Narrator Point of View

Jake is a classic First Person narrator. We see everything as he does, and the only thoughts and commentary we get are from him. Our understanding of the other characters, events, and relationships...

Genre

First of all, this book should be a romance – we have a dashing hero and a gorgeous heroine who are terribly, terribly in love. However, the intervention of World War I spoiled this ideal rom...

Tone

You get the feeling that the comedy of this book is there to mask what Hemingway himself called "a damned tragedy." Its characters engage in witty, often hilarious dialogue, but underneath their wi...

Writing Style

These three words are often used to describe Hemingway’s distinctive prose style. He turns away from the lush, rich style of his precursors, or even of some of his contemporaries (contrast Th...

What’s Up With the Title?

Like so many great catchphrases, this one comes from the Bible. More specifically, it can be found in the passage from Ecclesiastes quoted in the second epigraph (see "What's Up With the Epigraph?"...

What’s Up With the Epigraph?

You are all a lost generation. – Gertrude Stein in conversationOne generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever… The sun also ariseth, and the s...

What’s Up With the Ending?

Best. Ending. Ever. Seriously, guys. In the last words of this novel, Hemingway delivers a memorable and hard-hitting diagnosis of his generation: "Isn’t it pretty to think so?" The speaker,...

Plot Analysis

Life in Paris is happening as usual for our group of expatriates: lots of drinking, eating, and a little bit of working.As the novel opens, we meet our expatriate friends in their adopted home of P...

Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Voyage and Return

The Sun Also Rises is a somewhat untraditional narrative. Only a few pages into the first chapter, the book’s conclusion is revealed: Jake and Brett cannot end up together. The book is propel...

Three Act Plot Analysis

This follows the structure of the novel very closely – Hemingway himself divided it into three "Books."The cast of characters is introduced. Jake and the crew hang out in Paris. Cohn struggle...

Trivia

Steaminess Rating

The Sun Also Rises is extremely charged with sexual tension – if you’re on the lookout for it. Sex is always something implied, something that everyone knows about but no one discusses....

Allusions

W.H. Hudson, The Purple Land (2.3)Horatio Alger (2.3) H.L. Mencken (6.2, 12.39) A.E.W. Mason (12.31) Circe, character in Greek mythology (13.52) Ivan Turgenieff, a.k.a. Turgenev, Sportsman’s...
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