Review: The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

I found Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea quite dull. Well, at least until page 57. I finished it almost two weeks ago, but I choose not to review it straight away, as I knew I couldn’t give it … Continue reading

Review: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises: Ernest Hemingway’s first biggie. But it’s not just about a bunch of expatriates frolicking in 1920’s Europe. Instead, it observes a momentous period in America’s history where gender roles become obscured and an opportunity for women to present themselves as equals to men develops.

The blurring of gender roles is initially apparent in the female characters names; Brett, Jo and Georgette (no offense to anyone named Brett, Jo or Georgette by the way). This is totally against the traditional Jane’s, Elizabeth’s and Emma’s that were commonly used in early pre-war Victorian fiction.

Not only do the women in the novel have quasi-masculine names. their appearance too becomes less feminine and increasingly masculinised. Continue reading