|In the novel The Sun Also Rises, written by Ernest Hemingway the main character makes a decision to introduce the woman he loves to a young bull fighter. Jake makes this decision very much agonist the will of his friends, but in doing so he pleases Brett. Jake does this because he is unconditionally committed to Brett, and is willing to do whatever necessary to bring her happiness, even if it is only temporary.|
Jake¹s first reaction to the news that Brett is interested in meeting and spending time with Romero is one of negativity. He learns of this from he friend Montoya and tells him ³Don¹t give him the Message² (176). He did not think that it would be a good idea for Brett to have anything to do Romero, and did not want him to receive the message that invited him to have coffee with their group. At this point it is clear that Jake does not approve of this proposed encounter. His later decision to introduce them supports the idea that Jake is unconditionally devoted to Brett, and her happiness. The introduction was a very strange one. It was not as if Jake went out of his way for it to happen. It was much more the will of Brett. She raved on and on about Romero and insisted to Jake that they go and find him. Jake did not fight her on this issue, but he certainly did not provoke it. Jake was more of a stooge for Brett. She would have had her way even if Jake had not helped her. She uses her feminine charm, and there is, little that Jake can say. At one point she says ³Oh, darling, please stay by me. Please stay by me and see me through this²(188). Jake is to wrapped around her finger to refuse. There is no question in Jake¹s mind that he will be losing Montoya as a friend and also the respect that others had once held for him, yet he choose Brett over these losses. Jake even goes as far as to make an agreement with with Montoya that he breaks upon the introduction of Brett to Romero. It says when Romero walked into the room he started to smile, but then say the group with Romero then at that point ³he did not even nod²(181). This was at the first introduction. The real damage had nod even been done yet, but Jake proceeded because he wanted to to make her happy.
In this story Jake is forced with a decision that will change a great deal of his life. He decision ultimately costs him a good friendship, and takes away the respect that his other friends had once had for him. He does this consciously and unselfishly without hesitation. This does not mean that he has lost his moral creditability as a character, but rather the opposite. Jake becomes a stronger character after this because is shows his unconditional devotion and love for Brett.
TRANSLATION CAFÉ 2008, Nr. 23/January 15, 2008, Anny Ballardini, Translations from: Anny Ballardini – Someone else by Gabriela Moldovan – Altcineva
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