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Biplob Prodhan
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The Sun Also Rises as a tragic novel


“The Sun Also Rises” is often considered a tragic novel due to its exploration of themes such as disillusionment, loss, and the unfulfilled desires of its characters. The novel’s characters are members of the Lost Generation, a term Hemingway used to describe the generation of young people who came of age during World War I and felt lost in the aftermath. Their experiences and struggles reflect the larger social and cultural changes of the time, which were marked by a sense of disillusionment and uncertainty.

The protagonist, Jake Barnes, is a tragic figure who has been emotionally and physically wounded by the war. He is unable to consummate his relationship with Brett Ashley, the woman he loves, due to a war injury that has left him impotent. His love for Brett is ultimately unrequited, and he is left to watch her engage in a series of failed relationships and self-destructive behavior. Brett, for her part, is a tragic figure in her own right, as she struggles with alcoholism, promiscuity, and a general sense of dissatisfaction with her life.

The novel’s setting, in the post-World War I world of Paris and Pamplona, is also reflective of the sense of loss and disillusionment felt by the characters. Paris, the “City of Light,” is depicted as a place of emptiness and hedonism, where the characters engage in endless parties, drinking, and promiscuity in an attempt to distract themselves from their feelings of emptiness and despair. Pamplona, on the other hand, is depicted as a place of violence and brutality, where the Running of the Bulls serves as a metaphor for the senseless violence and destruction of war.

The novel’s style, which is characterized by sparse and understated prose, also contributes to its tragic tone. The characters’ emotions are often implied rather than stated outright, and their interactions are marked by a sense of detachment and emotional distance. This creates a sense of distance between the characters and the reader, which further emphasizes the characters’ sense of isolation and disconnection from the world around them.

Ultimately, the tragic nature of “The Sun Also Rises” lies in its depiction of a generation of young people who are unable to find meaning and purpose in a world that has been destroyed by war. The characters are all searching for something, whether it be love, meaning, or purpose, but they are unable to find it. Instead, they are left to drift aimlessly through life, unable to connect with each other or with the world around them.

Despite its tragic themes, however, “The Sun Also Rises” is also a novel of great beauty and humanity. Hemingway’s spare prose and understated style create a sense of intimacy and immediacy that draws the reader into the characters’ world. Through the novel’s vivid descriptions of Paris and Pamplona, its portrayal of the characters’ complex relationships, and its exploration of themes such as love, loss, and the search for meaning, “The Sun Also Rises” remains a powerful and enduring work of literature.

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