Robert Hemingway Character Analysis

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V. Significance Characters Jake Barnes, the protagonist and narrator of the narrative, is an American journalist living in Paris in the 1920s. Unlike his peers Bill, Robert, and Mike he is relatively reserved and is only seen sharing his true opinions with his closest of friends. Jake is put at ease when around Brett, as they often discuss their emotional problems with one and another. Though the two do hold some level of chemistry, Jake stills feels insecure about his masculinity, due to his war accident that rendered him impotent. This very same reason leads him in failing to establish a long-term romantic relationship and settle down with one single woman in the novel. To cope with his dissatisfaction, Jake takes out his anger on Robert. Knowing that Robert has feelings for Brett, he sabotages their relationship and gives him faulty advice, meanwhile pushing Brett to be with other guys. Like many of the other main characters of the novel, Hemingway uses Jake to illustrate the adverse effect of war on an individual and help his audience visualize the plight of the Lost Generation. Robert Cohn, an American writer also living in Paris, whose character like Jake illustrates the lack of love found in the Lost Generation. After two unsuccessful marriages, Robert is still as naive as ever, as seem to find true love. In addition, Cohn constantly being picked and mistreated by his peers. Even though many men fail in acquiring Brett, Cohn’s attempts are much more pronounced,
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