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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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Dec 13, 2009

it was amazing
Read in July, 2009

Since I'm doing my honors thesis on this book, it merits a review. I will admit, the first time I read this book, I did not know what it was about. I sensed, correctly, that something was profoundly wrong, but I could not put my finger on what it was. During a second reading, however, I realized what had happened to Jake. It was one of the most visceral reactions I've had to a book. For the thesis, I am focusing on how Hemingway creates and destroys masculinity in this novel. Hemingway literally destroys Jake's masculinity. In a strange sense, his masculinity is displaced in Lady Brett Ashley and Robert Cohn. Cohn, perhaps to compensate for being a Jew in a highly anti-Semitic time, is hyper-masculine. Lady Brett Ashley cuts her hair like a boy, beginning a tradition that continued into Hemingway's posthumous works of the feminine with a boyish haircut.
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