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The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

  

by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises Themes

The Sun Also Rises Themes

Dissatisfaction

People have fun in The Sun Also Rises, but that’s about it—what’s missing is a lasting sense of contentment or satisfaction with life in general. The cause of this is the massive social uphea...

Identity

The Sun Also Rises is just jam-packed with people who think they have their public images worked out, but really are just big old messes on the inside. Hemingway’s characters make a big show of b...

Men and Masculinity

The idea of masculinity isn't a shiny Brawny paper towel ad in The Sun Also Rises. It's super-problematic. The insecurity of the central male characters produces an atmosphere of competition, rival...

Drugs and Alcohol

The characters in The Sun Also Rises are serious drinkers—they drink like it’s their job. Actually, alcoholism practically is a profession for one of the characters (Mike), a slacker whose majo...

Love

Ah, l’amour, l’amour. Of course a novel set in Paris (city of love, duh), involves love. However, don’t forget that this is not exactly the romantic, sentimental Paris we usually imagine –...

Man and the Natural World

Ah, ye olde city mouse vs. country mouse battle. In The Sun Also Rises, the country is shown as idyllic, but the city is hellish.There is an overwhelming sense that the modern world that Hemingway...

Exile

Nationality is a funny thing in The Sun Also Rises. While all of its characters are defined partially by their roots, there is an overwhelming sense that national boundaries are no longer satisfact...

Warfare

World War I is the elephant in the room that nobody wants to mention (yes, it occurred to us that this is probably the only time anyone has ever compared World War I to an elephant). When the war d...

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