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Literature: The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises is a 1926 novel by Ernest Hemingway.

Jake Barnes, American veteran of World War I, drifts around Paris, meeting random people and disillusioned with the world around him. He is in love with the lady Brett Ashley, but then so is everyone else. He is also followed around by Robert Cohn, a Jew with a chip on his shoulder and a weak personality. Jake learns that Cohn is infatuated with Brett and that she slept with him. Jake goes fishing with his friend Bill Gorton in Burguete, and then rejoins Cohn, Brett and Brett's fiancÚ Mike Campbell in Pamplona for the annual Running of the Bulls. Brett seduces an up-and-coming bullfighter, the 19-year-old Pedro Romero, whose genuine skill puts the others to shame. Cohn gets pissed off, beats up Mike and Jake, and then Romero, and then flees the country. Romero, despite having gotten quite beat up, fights flawlessly in the ring, and then scampers off to Madrid with Brett. Soon, however, Brett telegrams Jake and asks him to retrieve her, as she has forced Romero to dump her for fear of ruining him. Brett sighs regretfully that she and Jake would've been so good together, and Jake replies—with just a tinge of cynicism—that it's nice to think so. The end.

Encapsulated the experience of the "Lost Generation," who had seen The Edwardian Era get mowed down in droves by the Great War. Jake in particular carries the Symbolism Ball: he sustained an injury in the war that makes him unable to boner, representing pre-war masculinity being out of place in this new World Half Empty. Cohn, on the other hand, still clings to those old values, which is why nobody likes him. Meanwhile, Brett, whose sexually liberated exterior hides a history of Domestic Abuse, furthers the emasculation imagery as a Femme Fatale who uses sex to protect herself... But maybe we're starting to read too much into this. Ask the Hemingway scholars if we are.

Not to be confused with Something Else Also Rises. Especially given Jake's injury.

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The Sound and the FuryLiterature of the 1920sTo the Lighthouse
The StrangerSchool Study MediaSuspicion
Ernest HemingwayThe Roaring TwentiesThe Hardy Boys
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