The Sun Also Rises – Betrayal In the novel The Sun Also Rises , written by Ernest Hemingway the main character Jake, makes a decision to introduce the woman he loves to a young bull fighter. Jake makes this decision very much against the will of Montoya, which leads to the betrayal of both Montoya, Pedro Romero, Mike and himself. 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. Jake’s 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 his friend Montoya and tells him not to give Romero the message. He does not think that it would be a good idea for Brett to have anything to do with Romero, and does not want him to receive the message that invites him to have coffee with their group.At this point it is clear that both Jake and Montoya do not approve of this proposed encounter. Montoya fears Brett will corrupt Pedro Romero and Jake is jealous of the possibility of them having a relationship.
Jake’s decision to introduce Brett and Romero ultimately leads to the greatest betrayal in the novel; the betrayal of himself. He betrays himself because he is unconditionally devoted to Brett, and her happiness. He is so in love with Brett that he will do anything for her even it means hurting himself.
He is driven by the reality of his physical impotence and therefore gives up on Brett, although in his heart he will always love her. The last remark in the novel is very important in making us see how Jake ultimately betrays himself. He says “yes I said isn’t it pretty to think so?” He is being sarcastic when he says this, he seems to have come to a realization that he stubbornly holds on to, that he and Brett will never work out because he can not have sexual relations with her. Brett thinks that maybe, just maybe they could work it out, but Jake kinda gives up on himself, betrays his true feelings, and throws away his possibility of a relationship he always wanted with Brett but was impossible. There is also a betrayal of pedro Romero.
Jake betrays Romero and thus breaks the aficinado code. The code, almost like a code of chivalry has somewhat of an accepted theme which includes a loyalty to fellow aficinados, and looking out for their best interest. Jake breaks this accepted theme when he acts as an accomplice in getting the two of them together. Jake knows that Brett will corrupt the young bullfighter and thus betrays the bullfighter. Again he does this for his love of Brett, because he will do anything to make her happy.
Jake also betrays Mike. Although they do not really get along, he should respect Mike and his plans of marriage to Brett, but he does not. He ruins Mikes chances with Brett when he helps get Brett and Pedro Romero together. To betray is to commit treason against; to be a trader.
To be false or disloyal to. When using this definition of betrayal it is safe to say Jake betrays many in the novel as well as himself.In this story Jake is forced with a decision that will change a great deal of his life. His decision, ultimately costs him a good friendship, and takes away the respect that Montoya once had for him. It also ruins the chance that he might have had with Brett. He does this consciously and unselfishly without hesitation.