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Hemmingway-The Sun Also Rises


In the novel The Sun Also Rises , written by Ernest Hemingway the main 
character makes a decision to introduce the woman he loves to a young 
bull fighter. Jake makes this decision very much agonist the will of 
his friends, but in doing so he pleases Brett. Jake does this because 
he is unconditionally committed to Brett, and is willing to do 
whatever necessary to bring her happiness, even if it is only 
 Jake¹s first reaction to the news that Brett is interested in meeting 
and spending time with Romero is one of negativity. He learns of this 
from he friend Montoya and tells him ³Don¹t give him the Message² 
(176). He did not think that it would be a good idea for Brett to 
have anything to do Romero, and did not want him to receive the 
message that invited him to have coffee with their group. At this 
point it is clear that Jake does not approve of this proposed 
encounter. His later decision to introduce them supports the idea 
that Jake is unconditionally devoted to Brett, and her happiness.
 The introduction was a very strange one. It was not as if Jake went 
out of his way for it to happen. It was much more the will of Brett. 
She raved on and on about Romero and insisted to Jake that they go and 
find him. Jake did not fight her on this issue, but he certainly did 
not provoke it. Jake was more of a stooge for Brett. She would have 
had her way even if Jake had not helped her. She uses her feminine 
charm, and there is, little that Jake can say. At one point she says 
³Oh, darling, please stay by me. Please stay by me and see me through 
this²(188). Jake is to wrapped around her finger to refuse. 
 There is no question in Jake¹s mind that he will be losing Montoya as 
a friend and also the respect that others had once held for him, yet 
he choose Brett over these losses. Jake even goes as far as to make an 
agreement with with Montoya that he breaks upon the introduction of 
Brett to Romero. It says when Romero walked into the room he started 
to smile, but then say the group with Romero then at that point ³he 
did not even nod²(181). This was at the first introduction. The real 
damage had nod even been done yet, but Jake proceeded because he 
wanted to to make her happy. 
 In this story Jake is forced with a decision that will change a great 
deal of his life. He decision ultimately costs him a good friendship, 
and takes away the respect that his other friends had once had for 
him. He does this consciously and unselfishly without hesitation. This 
does not mean that he has lost his moral creditability as a character, 
but rather the opposite. Jake becomes a stronger character after this 
because is shows his unconditional devotion and love for Brett.



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