Character Analysis Jake Barnes/Robert Cohn
In the novel The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway brings forth two characters; Jake Barnes and Robert Cohn, both are representations of people he knew in real life; in the novel he tries to portray to the reader what he saw in his own life. In the novel The Sun Also Rises, Robert Cohn is an aspiring author who is proud of his achievements as a boxer at Princeton and constantly reminds people of his achievements. He was married once (unhappily) until his wife ran off with another man. He moved to Paris to work on his first novel. He enjoys playing tennis and boxing but his writing conflicts with that. Jake works as a newspaperman and is in love with a woman he can never be with because of his “condition” from his war incident. He sublimates by drinking and listening to his friends complain about their lives. He often imagines his friends in bedroom scenes. According to Jake’s descriptions of Cohn in the novel, “He was a nice boy, a friendly boy, and very shy, and it made him bitter” (The Sun Also Rises, Pg. 12). He does not like staying in one place for extended periods of time, much like the rest of the other ex-patriots in the group. This further gives him reasons to befriend the group. He takes a liking to the same woman that Jake is in love with, Lady Brett Ashley. He and Lady Brett Ashley take a trip to San Sebastian together after she convinces him that he needs a change. He speaks of Cohn’s days at Princeton and says “I never met any one of his class who remembered him” (Hemingway 11).
In the beginning of the novel it seems as though Jake and Cohn are good friends. Jake truly feels that Cohn is both “nice and awful” but tolerates and pities him as a case of “arrested development”. Jake is does not respect the one thing Cohn is most proud of, his boxing title; “Do not think that I am very much impressed by that as a boxing title, but it meant a lot to Cohn” (Hemingway 11). It quickly...
Cited: Citation: Neilson, Keith. “The Sun Also Rises.” Masterplots. Fourth Edition.
Hemingway, Ernest. “The Sun Also Rises.”
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