The Sun Also Rises 5

Brett Ashley: Whore or Herione
After a thorough reading and in-depth analyzation of Ernest Hemingway’s riveting novel The Sun Also Rises, the character of Brett Ashley may be seen in a number of different ways. While some critics such as Mimi Reisel Gladstein view Brett as a “Circe” or “bitch-goddess,” others such as Carol H. Smith see Brett as a woman who has been emotionally broken by the world around her. I tend to agree with the latter of these views, simply because of the many tragedies that befell Brett. She is a heroine who, despite being wounded by love and war, continues to pursue true love.
Mimi Reisel Gladstein does make an excellent case for ...

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as if he were swine” (58). While Brett saunters around on her sexual escapades, she does not take into account the feelings of Jake, the man who truly loves her, because he is unable to meet her sexual needs. Brett does bother with Jake’s frustrations; she uses him only as an emotional support to fall back on when the flings leave her emotionally unsatisfied. “Brett’s bitchery is fully revealed by her treatment of Jake. . . he truly loves her but she uses Jake to get the emotional fix she cannot find is sexual union . . . this is ironic since she would most likely find both if Jake were fully functional” (59). By looking at her treatment of Robert Cohn, Mike Campbell, and Jake Barnes, Brett could easy be seen as a self-centered, promiscuous nymphomaniac whose quest for love destroys men but leaves her relatively unharmed.
As Carol Smith points out, however, “. . . analyzing Brett in terms of bitch-goddess or Terrible Mother does not do ...

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Jake. Both of these characters, “. . . struggle with their desire to be with each and [more importantly] the realization that they can never be lovers” (55). Brett expresses her feeling of torment best when she states, “Don’t touch me....I can’t stand it....I simply turn all to jelly when you touch me” (Hemingway, 33-34). All these circumstances have profoundly affected Brett; all of these occurrences as well as the changes that they caused, were out of Brett’s control and can be used as evidence for the argument that Brett is a woman who has been, “. .. emotionally stunted by a shallow world without spiritual meaning, and has become ...

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