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The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises


by Ernest Hemingway

Analysis: Narrator Point of View

Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

First Person

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 is limited to Jake’s own. We don’t see anything that happens when Jake’s not around, but we certainly hear about everything from his talkative, gossip-addicted friends. This perspective allows us to stay really close to Jake, our protagonist, and feel as though we’re intimately—to the point of being a little to close for comfort—connected to his fate.

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