Rancidness, pain, and confusion : Brett Ashley and the lack of resolution in The Sun Also Rises

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Rancidness, pain, and confusion : Brett Ashley and the lack of resolution in The Sun Also Rises

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Title: Rancidness, pain, and confusion : Brett Ashley and the lack of resolution in The Sun Also Rises
Author: Morrison, Laurie L.
Advisor: Ransom, Jim
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 207551 bytes63678 bytes
Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: In my thesis, I consider common critical readings of The Sun Also Rises, which attribute a sense of resolution and catharsis to the novel's ending and, in the process, propound a reductive reading of Lady Brett Ashley as a villain whom Jake Barnes finally banishes. I suggest that then ending does not provide resolution but, instead, reflects Jake's still-conflicted recognition that a union with Brett is impossible, and I assert that Hemingway is depicting a historical moment, right after World War I, of transition and crisis in gender relations. I claim, moreover, that Brett is a crucial and even admirable character, because of her vitality and her willingness to explore a transitional moment in gender connections and to actively perform interesting gender roles.
Subject: Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. Sun also rises
Subject: Ashley, Brett (Fictitious character)
Subject: Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 -- Criticism and interpretation
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/633

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Morrison, Laurie L.. "Rancidness, pain, and confusion : Brett Ashley and the lack of resolution in The Sun Also Rises". 2003. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/633.

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