The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

The remarkable thing about the book was
its liberal use of dialogue and how Hemingway used it to carry the reader
through the book. There was no plot in the book in the sense that there
was no twists, intrigue, or goals for any of the characters and the dialogue
was the only thing that moved the reader through the book. Hemingway used
so much dialogue that it was difficult at times to follow who was saying
what, but I believe this didn't matter because any of the characters, except
for maybe Jake, could have been carrying on those conversations.

I say anyone except Jake because he was
different than all the other characters in more ways than just being the
narrator. He obviously had received a wound from W.W.I that caused him
to be sexually scarred and thus set him apart from anyone else. Jake seemed
to be an observer who was watching the lives of his friends unfold and
happen around him, but without his participation. I read that Hemingway
had purposely re-written the book in first person and this was probably
to spell out that Jake was an observer and was thus aware of what was written
on the pages. There is a scene towards the end of the book where Jake finds
all of his friends eating at a restaurant and thinks to himself that he
is too far behind to catch up. Jake always seems behind, or at least only
a marginal player put so in his position because of his injury. He must
have had relations with Brett before the injury and was a "player" before
it, so this leads to the assumption that Jake purposely removed himself
from being a participant.

As I was reading I was trying to make connections
and read into the story to try and understand if there was more there than
what was just on the page. It was hard, for me, to see more than just the
story, but perhaps Hemingway just wanted the reader to experience other
people's lives. I say this because many of the experiences that occurred
to the characters also took place in Hemingway's life and maybe he just
wanted to share with us what it was like.