The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises Passage Analysis

    Through different uses of diction, tone, and syntax in the characterization of Belmote, the narrator — Jake Barnes — of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises shows how the retired bullfighter is a symbol of the lost generation.
    Diction is used in this passage by the narrator to describe the sense of uselessness of Belmonte. By using the words "contempt" and "indifferent" Jake gives the reader a sense of the bitterness Belmonte now feels toward bull fighting. This enforces the idea that Belmonte is a symbol of the lost generation. He represents the aimlessness of the lives of Jake and his friends by how he feels out of place in the ring now, as Jake and his friends seem to feel out of place in life itself. In the third paragraph, the narrator contrasts Belmonte's time in the ring with that of Romero by using words such as "smoothly", "calmly", and "beautifully". This comparison enhances the theme of the lost generation by showing how Belmonte has been put out by Romero.
    The idea that Belmonte is slowly fading from the adoration of the public is strengthened by the tone in these three paragraphs. In the first section, there is a sense of praise and worship from the narrator toward Belmonte. The first section also applauds Belmonte's authenticity in the ring. When the reader reaches the second paragraph, the illusion of the old bullfighter's skill is broken. The narrator states "Also Belmonte imposed conditions and insisted that his bulls should not be too large, nor too dangerously armed with horns, and so the element that was necessary to give the sensation of tragedy was not there. . ." The last paragraph is not unlike the first, in terms of tone. Although the main focus of the section has moved to Romero, the tone is that of praise and wonder.
    In the first paragraph of the passage, every sentence, excluding the last, is short, simple and to the point. This shows how Belmonte's old bull fighting techniques...