The Sun Also Rises By ?Ernest Hemingway Symbolism Of The Bullfight.

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Arena del TorosWhen an event that incorporates life, death and serious emotions occurs, it is bound toparallel several other facets of life. One of the few events in life that can thoroughly present lifeand death in a graphic and public manner is the bullfight. Ernest Hemingway seems ratherattached to the bullfight as it becomes a central symbol in "The Sun Also Rises". Hemingway'srugged individualism is shown throughout the novel and can be seen represented in the bullfight.The economy of motion in a good bullfight is a parallel to monetary economy. While betrayal isnot directly related to a bullfight, the fight allows for the characters in "The Sun Also Rises" tobetray love. A bullfight may be the best example to prove the futility of life. In "The Sun AlsoRises", Hemingway relies heavily on the bullfight to represent and enhance major aspects of life.The individualistic life that most characters lead in Hemingway's novels is represented inmany ways. In "The Sun Also Rises" Individualism is represented by sports; boxing, tennis,fishing, and more importantly, by the bullfight. The element of the bullfight serves to show theultimate of individual triumphs. There is only one man in a bullfight, it is a battle between thatone man and the bull. While tennis and boxing could stand alone as metaphors forindependence, the bullfight acts as a foil to enhance the concept of solitude.Throughout the book allusions to economy abound. The number of words used intelegrams is a prominent example of ones efficiency. Jake is an economical person and thus he isa great admirer of the bullfight. When Jake speaks of being economical with his money "he is2talking more abstractly about other kinds of economy - the economy of motion in a goodbullfight, for example"(Magill 1599). Jake can truly appreciate a real matador, he can respect"how close Romero always worked to the bull"(167) Romero never wastes motion, he gets themost out of every bull. It is for this economical smoothness that Romero's fights are soenjoyable. In Hemingway's code "one must learn to get his money's worth"in everything that hedoes (Magill 1601).As much respect as Jake has for the bullfight, it can never be outweighed by his love forBrett. Jake loves the bullfight, in the town of Pamplona he is considered a true aficionado."Somehow it was taken for granted that an American could not have afiction"(132). Jake was anexception though, he had real passion for the fights. "He betrays his afiction by introducing Brettto Pedro...

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