The Sun Also Rises Tragedy Quotes

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“In the morning it was raining. A fog had come over the mountains from the sea. You could not see the tops of the mountains. The plateau was dull and gloomy, and the shapes of the trees and the houses were changed. I walked out beyond the town to look at the weather. The bad weather was coming over the mountains from the sea.” (Hemingway 174); an omen of the metaphorical storm of a tragedy that would befall Jake and his compatriots. This tragedy is the result of the flawed characters, strenuous circumstances, and pessimistic, yet realistic, lack of hope the main character finds himself feeling in the conclusion of the book. The Sun Also Rises is a tragedy that depicts the miserable lives of expatriates coping with their mental and physical…show more content…
He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. ‘Yes,’ I said. ‘Isn’t it pretty to think so?’” (251) In this quote, Jake does not even seem to try to imagine the life he and Brett could have had together, only that they could not have it even if they wanted to. The greatest tragedy here is that Jake seemed to have given up, not on life or anything existential, but just on romanticism. Both know that they could not have each other due to Jake’s ‘condition’ and Brett’s sexual tendencies, and while Brett appeared to still dwell on the life that could have been, Jake had obviously given up. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway displays a tragic storyline with deeply flawed, broken characters. No character had an actual ‘happy ending’ or general improvement in their lives; if anything they were worse off at the end than the beginning and had hurt each other more. If not for these reasons, then the very fact of Jake’s abandonment of romantic ideas should be thoroughly convincing that The Sun Also Rises is in fact, a
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