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Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway Code Hero

Hemingway’s code hero is defined by a static set of characteristics. These characteristics remain essentially the same throughout all of his novels, though each of these code heroes is expressed differently. This code hero is someone who after facing too many problems is able to withstand all trials. He is free-willed, self-disciplined, typically an individualist and lives up to the richness of life. He knows that in the end, he will lose because we are all mortal, but he believes that the true measure is how a person faces death.

According to Hemingway, the Code Hero as a-

man who lives correctly, following the ideals of honor, courage and endurance in a world that is sometimes chaotic, often stressful, and always painful.

We find this particular set of characteristic in Santiago (The Old Man and the Sea), Frederic Henry (A Farewell to Arms) and Jake Barnes (The Sun Also Rises).

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Santiago: code hero in The Old Man and The Sea

The Old Man and the Sea as the title implies, tells about an elderly man named Santiago, a fisherman. His greatest adventure took place in the sea. He has this small boat and he goes out in the sea together with a boy. He’s old but still looks cheerful and unconquered. He lived in this shack all by himself. Thanks to the boy who has been his companion.

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