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The Sun Also Rises

In the novel The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, there is no real plot. The novel describes and shows something about every character in the novel. The novel takes place slightly after World War I. The post war zeitgeist is portrayed in the novel. The novel shows how people, especially soldiers coming home from the war, lost many good values and hope after the war. There was one exception in the novel, Robert Cohn, one of the main characters. He seems to still have hope and be passionate even at such a depressive time in history. There are many things which alienate Robert Cohn from the other main characters.. There are some characteristics about Cohn which he is the only one claim out of all the characters. The fact that he is the only Jew out of the main characters, especially leaves him as a target for the other characters . This tells a lot about how people thought of Jews at the time of this era. It would be too much of a coincidence that he is the only Jew in the book. Robert Cohn never seems to fit in with the rest of the main characters. Throughout the novel there are many clues to how he is alienated from the other main characters. Robert represents the hope and values which were lost due to the war.
Cohn was born into one of the richest Jewish families in New York. As a boy Cohn attended a military school in preparation to attend Princeton. At the military school he faced almost no anti-Semitism and felt just like one of the others. It was a totally different story when he came to Princeton. At Princeton he faced rampant anti-Semitism. Cohn was a very nice and friendly young man coming into Princeton and when was faced with such hatred and dislike, it made him bitter. Cohn figured the only way to fight it, was to learn to protect yourself. So Cohn joined boxing. In the novel his decision to join boxing is described as “He cared nothing for boxing, in fact he disliked it, but he learned it painfully and thoroughly to …

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