Alcohol Dependency in "The Sun Also Rises" Book Review

Alcohol Dependency in "The Sun Also Rises"
An analysis of the characters in Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" and their alcohol dependency.
# 153994 | 1,007 words | 1 source | 2013 | US
Published on Aug 27, 2014 in Literature (English) , English (General)

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"The famed novel The Sun Also Rises written by Earnest Hemingway is one of life, love, and deep saddening depression. Focused around a close knit group of alcoholic friends, we learn secrets of their past and present and the suffering they experience. Surviving Europe through the hopes of another drink, they have become dependent upon the constant need of an alcoholic beverage. Although the characters realize their addiction, they have no desire to put an end to their dependency. These few expatriates live and learn in countries that are not their own. They run from who they are and what others expect them to be. They find comfort in the simple pleasure and abuse of an alcoholic drink, and are unable to better themselves until they are able to wean themselves from this heavy crutch.
""You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed by sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafes. (109)" This single paragraph defines every major character met in the novel. Each of them claims a job or profession, yet we never see them work. Instead they spend their days and nights hanging around cafes with a constant drink in hand. They are expatriate alcoholics living in a country that is not their own. Experiencing life, but not to its fullest. Meaning to find what they are missing, but unable to uncover it.
"The protagonist of the story, Jake Barnes, is the one friend in the group who is able to keep peace between the characters and protect those of them who need protection. Castrated during the time he fought in World War I, Jake has lost the ability to ever perform sexually. It is for this reason that he spends his time as an expatriate doing very little writing and a lot of drinking. "...going to another country doesn't make any difference. I've tried all that. You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There's nothing to that." So he remains in Western Europe, sitting at cafes and watching the only thing he wants, but the only thing he can never have, Brett."

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