Thursday, July 8, 2010

Indirect Characterization

After focusing on Cohn for the first two chapters, the focal point switches dramatically to a different character, Jake Barnes. I think Jake radiates a mysterious aura when the chapter begins. He meets a woman named Georgette and invited her to drink and have dinner with him. Later, he extended his invitation and took her dancing with him. When they come across his friends, Jake introduced her as his fiancee. I am still sort of confused as to why he did this. By the description in the novel, Georgette does not sound like an appealing character in my opinion. My main point of interest in this chapter; however, was when Lady Brett came into the picture. Hemingway's use of indirect characterization is threaded through his description of her. He also reveals some of the effects she has on other characters because of her beauty.
"Brett was damned good-looking. She wore a slipover jersey sweater and a tweed skirt, and her hair was brushed back like a boy's. She started all that. She was built with curves like the hull of a racing yacht, and you missed none of it with that wool jersey." (page 30)
It appeared that she did not lack any attention from men either. What I found most interesting was how Brett and Jake left together at the end of the evening. Jake did not seem to be very worried about the money he was losing. On the contrary, he seemed to be quite enjoying himself once Brett was with him. It becomes apparent at the end of the chapter that the two characters actually know each other well.

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