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The Sun Also Rises

 

The remarkable thing about the book was its liberal use of 
dialogue and how Hemingway used it to carry the reader 
through the book. There was no plot in the book in the sense 
that there was no twists, intrigue, or goals for any of the 
characters and the dialogue was the only thing that moved
the reader through the book. Hemingway used so much dialogue 
that it was difficult at times to follow who was saying 
what, but I believe this didn't matter because any of the 
characters, except for maybe Jake, could have been carrying 
on those conversations.

I say anyone except Jake because he was different than all 
the other characters in more ways than just being the 
narrator. He obviously had received a wound from W.W.I that 
caused him to be sexually scarred and thus set him apart 
from anyone else. Jake seemed to be an observer who was 
watching the lives of his friends unfold and happen around 
him, but without his participation. I read that Hemingway 
had purposely re-written the book in first person and this 
was probably to spell out that Jake was an observer and was 
thus aware of what was written on the pages. There is a 
scene towards the end of the book where Jake finds all of 
his friends eating at a restaurant and thinks to himself 
that he is too far behind to catch up. Jake always seems 
behind, or at least only a marginal player put so in his 
position because of his injury. He must have had relations 
with Brett before the injury and was a "player" before it, 
so this leads to the assumption that Jake purposely
removed himself from being a participant.

As I was reading I was trying to make connections and read 
into the story to try and understand if there was more there 
than what was just on the page. It was hard, for me, to see 
more than just the story, but perhaps Hemingway just wanted 
the reader to experience other people's lives. I say
this because many of the experiences that occurred to the 
characters also took place in Hemingway's life and maybe he 
just wanted to share with us what it was like. 
 



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