I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth.
These characteristics remain essentially the same throughout all of Hemingway's works. The Hemingway Hero is always courageous, confident, and introspective. He does not let his fears get to him. The Hemingway Hero is expressed differently in each of his novels, though. Sometimes he is young, and sometimes old.
Santiago begins as an old man who has already attained the Heroic qualities that he will demonstrate intentionally throughout the rest of the story. This is a unique and remarkable approach, and after the failure of his previous book, certainly a risky one.
The book is not a portrait; it is not static, despite that the main character's morals — his ideals- never really change. A reader of his previous works might feel that they have seen these characteristics in Hemingway's works before.
Setting up camp and fishing and cooking by himself, Nick lifts his spirits by creating his own personal utopia. He remains and is static, unchanging example of Hemingway's idealistic of heroism.
Like Nick Adams, Hemingway found nature to be the best escape for him from his troubled world. The "Hemingway Hero" was not an original invention of his. The Hero, universally, expresses one key quality: Nick travels into the forests of northern Michigan to find a release from the agony and emotional wounds the war has left him.
Some critics regard Santiago as the finest, most developed example of these code heroes. In this phrase, "code" means a set of rules or guidelines for conduct. In Hemingway's code, the principal ideals are honor, courage, and endurance in a life of stress, misfortune, and pain.
Often in Hemingway's stories, the hero's world is violent and disorderly; moreover, the violence and disorder seem to win. The "code" dictates that the hero act honorably in the midst of what will be a losing battle.
In doing so he finds fulfillment: The phrase "grace under pressure" is often used to describe the conduct of the code hero. Hemingway defined 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.
In the end the Code Hero will lose because we are all mortal, but the true measure is how a person faces death. He believes in "Nada," a Spanish word meaning nothing. Along with this, there is no after life.
The Code Hero is typically an individualist and free-willed. He never shows emotions; showing emotions and having a commitment to women shows weakness. Qualities such as bravery, adventuresome and travel also define the Code Hero. Ironically, the code hero can also be afraid of the dark in that it symbolizes the void, the abyss, the nothingness nada that comes with death.
However, once he faces death bravely and becomes a man he must continue the struggle and constantly prove himself to retain his manhood. The code hero or heroine like Catherine Barkley must perform his or her work well to create a kind of personal meaning amidst the greater meaninglessness.
Still, life is filled with misfortunes, and a code hero is known by how he endures those misfortunes. Ultimately, the code hero will lose in his conflict with life because he will die.
But all that matters is how one faces death. In fact, one should court death, in the bull ring, on the battlefield, against big fish, because facing death teaches us how to live.This is a unique and remarkable approach, and after the failure of his previous book, certainly a risky one.
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