Mans Relationship To Nature Essay

1001 words - 5 pages

Jake Barnes, American veteran of World War I In the novel The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, is a man who is unable to make emotional connections with the women he chose to be intimate with is frozen in time, strongly due to Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which is a type of anxiety disorder that can come about after you have gone through an extreme emotional trauma that involved the threat of injury or death, such as the war Jake was in and his "injury". The most intimate part of nature in relation to men is the peace it brings, Jakes unity with nature ameliorates his depression and endows him with blessedness, until Brett returns and ushers him back to the lost generation.

To begin, after the dust of World War I settled and the troops arrived home-or didn't arrive home, it became evident that the world was changed permanently. Before it was named World War I, it was called the Great War, the war to end all wars. War causes Trauma, and with it, world war one created the Lost Generation, this is jakes generation. The reason it is called the lost generation is because those who came home were profoundly affected by their war experience. Feeling cynical about humanity's prospects, they rebelled against the values of their elders, probing immoral self-indulgence instead of decency, and hedonism rather then the good life. Jakes trauma is his injury from the war. This affects Jake because he cannot make emotional connections with anyone and is forced to tell them the truth: “you’re not a bad type, she said. it’s a shame you’re sick. We get on well. Whets the mater with you anyways? I got hurt in the war, I said.”(Page 24). This shows that Jake cannot escape what had happen and he must let up to the fact that he cannot make any emotion connections. Women will always wonder about why he is so defiant when it comes to affection, and so the truth will always come out.

In addition, Jake shows the aftermath of the war when Brett has affairs with a prodigious amount of men, these actions brings Jake down even more. Jake is an American veteran of World War I who is working as a journalist in Paris. Jake’s physical woe has profound psychological consequences. He is quite insecure about his masculinity, and this insecurity is deepened when Brett and Jake are at the party and Jake explains to Brett that Cohn is another person she has made fall in love with her, then she acts like its not a big deal: “Don’t talk about it. Poor chap. I never knew it till just now.”(Page 30) Brett acts as if she’s innocent when she knows full well what her actions are doing to Jake. No matter what Brett goes through, she will continue to move on to the next guy once she...

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