Humanities Division
East Georgia State College
Swainsboro, Georgia


Jake Barnes and his Lady Brett: Using Homosexuality to Escape Psychological Castration in The Sun Also Rises


In Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises, the most significant aspect of the character Jake Barnes is, of course, his physical impotence and his struggle with gender identity. Jake Barnes exorcises himself of his “Circe” known as Brett Ashley by placing himself into the position of the homosexual, thus rendering Brett incapable of castrating him psychologically.

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