Religion in the Sun Also Rises Essay

912 Words Mar 15th, 2008 4 Pages
Participation in the war can alter ones views of the world. For Hemingway and the characters of The Sun Also Rises it meant the world had lost its innocence, and that traditional Christian morality no longer had any relevance. The expatriates lack religion as a whole and although they may know the concept they simply have no hope or faith. In The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, the difficulties of Brett, Jake and Bill can be directly attributed to the lack of religious faith that stems from their involvement in the war.
Brett faced a tragic loss during her involvement in the war and as a result, she experienced great difficulty being religious.

- Since the death of her love, Brett constantly threw herself at different men to try
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‘It isn't the same as fishing, though, is it?’ Bill asked.”
This quote shows how he lacks the ability to have or appreciate faith and religion. Bill dismisses the beauty of the monastery and compares it to fishing, an activity which he enjoys.
-Due to Bills incapability to have faith, he often makes fun of religion.
"Our stay on earth is not for long. Let us rejoice and believe and give thanks.”
Bill stated this while he and Jake were eating under the tree after fishing. Bill often crosses his incapability to have faith with his cynicism and jokes around about a concept he cannot grasp.
- Along with mocking religion, he also mocks those who believe.
“It certainly shows you the power of the Catholic Church. It’s a pity you boys ain’t Catholics. You could get a meal, then, all right.”
Bill is angry that the Catholics have taken up all of the food service so he makes fun of them. He is jealous of their firm belief in God, so he continues his mockery throughout the train ride.
In conclusion, it is evident that in The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, the horrors faced in the war by Brett, Jake and Bill can be directly attributed to their lack of religious faith. They had witnessed trench warfare, the use of chemical weapons and hundreds of deaths occur daily. It is hard to have faith and believe in God after He allowed the horrors of the Great War to

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