Hemmingway\'s The Sun Also Rises



In the novel The Sun Also Rises , written by Ernest Hemingway the
main character makes a decision to introduce the woman he loves
to a young bull fighter. Jake makes this decision very much
agonist the will of his friends, but in doing so he pleases
Brett. Jake does this because he is unconditionally committed to
Brett, and is willing to do whatever necessary to bring her
happiness, even if it is only temporary.
Jake\'s first reaction to the news that Brett is interested in
meeting and spending time with Romero is one of negativity. He
learns of this from he friend Montoya and tells him "Don\'t give
him the Message" (176). He did not think that it would be a good
idea for Brett to have anything to do Romero, and did not want
him to receive the message that invited him to have coffee with
their group. At this point it is clear that Jake does not approve
of this proposed encounter. His later decision to introduce them
supports the idea that Jake is unconditionally devoted to Brett,
and her happiness.
The introduction was a very strange one. It was not as if Jake
went out of his way for it to happen. It was much more the will
of Brett. She raved on and on about Romero and insisted to Jake
that they go and find him. Jake did not fight her on this issue,
but he certainly did not provoke it. Jake was more of a stooge
for Brett. She would have had her way even if Jake had not
helped her. She uses her feminine charm, and there is, little
that Jake can say. At one point she says “Oh, darling, please
stay by me. Please stay by me and see me through this”(188).
Jake is to wrapped around her finger to refuse.
There is no question in Jake¹s mind that he will be losing
Montoya as a friend and also the respect that others had once
held for him, yet he choose Brett over these losses. Jake even
goes as far as to make an agreement with with Montoya that he
breaks upon the introduction of Brett to Romero. It says when
Romero walked into the room he started to smile, but then say the
group with Romero then at that point “he did not even nod”(181).
This was at the first introduction. The real damage had nod even
been done yet, but Jake proceeded because he wanted to to make
her happy.
In this story Jake is forced with a decision that will change a
great deal of his life. He decision ultimately costs him a good
friendship, and takes away the respect that his other friends had
once had for him. He does this consciously and unselfishly
without hesitation. This does not mean that he has lost his moral
creditability as a character, but rather the opposite. Jake
becomes a stronger character after this because is shows his
unconditional devotion and love for Brett.