Jake Barnes Character Analysis

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In the novel, the narrator, Jake Barnes, is a World War I veteran. While out on the field of combat, he had an unfortunate accident and lost his genitals. I believe that his injury causes him to resemble a mannequin, allowing the story to portray him as not being a real man. He is treated this way by the other characters and himself. In the novel, everyone one in his circle of friends is thinks Jake isn’t a complete man. They don’t express it through their words, but they do express it through their actions. One person in that circle is Brett Ashley. She is a woman that falls in love with Jake. When he asks her does she love him, she responds by saying, “‘Love you? I simply turn all to jelly when you touch me.’” (33). Although she is strongly
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