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Title

"To Hell with Women Anyway": Flirtatiousness and Male Entitlement in The Sun Also Rises

Author

Juliet Conway

Document Type

Article

Citation

Conway, Juliet. "'To Hell with Women Anyway': Flirtatiousness and Male Entitlement in The Sun Also Rises." The Hemingway Review 40, no. 2 (Spring 2021): 23-38.

Annotation

Lady Brett Ashley in The Sun Also Rises has been heavily criticized for her treatment of the male characters in the novel. Her changeable affections and reluctance to commit to stable relationships have frequently been discussed in terms of the harm her behavior inflicts on men; however, little has been done to explore what it reveals about Brett herself. This article moves focus away from the wounded male egos to the social factors which underlie Brett's flirtatious behavior, unpacking the trauma which informs her desire to avoid committed romantic relationships and question whether the male characters' disappointed desires are always reasonable ones.

Published in

The Hemingway Review

Volume

40

Issue

2

Date

Spring 2021

Pages

23-38

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