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Ernest Hemingways Minor Characters in the Sun Also Rises

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Hemingway's Minor Characters

"I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it" – Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway was an American modern author known for his simplistic writing style, such is exemplified in The Sun Also Rises. This particular novel takes place in Paris, Burgette, and Pamplona in a post World War I era. This book depicts the entire lost generation as displayed in the actions of a few minor characters throughout the course of the book that go by the names of Count Mipplpolous, Harvey Stone, and William Harris.

Out of all the minor characters, Count Mippipolous may be one of the more sophisticated. The Count is a wealthy Greek veteran who explains to Jake and Brett he has "seen a lot" as if implying being in war is only a real experience a man can have. He shows them his arrow wound scars that he go when he was in Abyssinia at the age of twenty-one. He later on in the conversation goes on to say …" It is because I have lived very much that now I can enjoy everything so well"(67).

The Count is the embodiment of how the generation should be in stability. He enjoys life to the fullest taking in all the world has to offer demonstrating how the generation should be acting.

Harvey stone is an under glorified drunken expatriate gambler that also displays the "lost generation". As he sits outside a café joined by Jake and tells him " I haven't had anything to eat and five days"(49) for the reason of not having money. Harvey exemplifies the "lost generation" in that of just wandering aimlessly around Paris without any specific purpose. He is one of the many war veterans that doesn't know


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