Author (Your Name)

Daniel Polk, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. English Dept.




The "Hemingway Code" is much more than two words that fit nicely together for a scholar's usage; the words signify a much deeper championing of masculinity, almost a haunting presence. For Ernest Hemingway living life every day, every moment with its fullest masculine fervor, became an obsession, a never-ending quest to be at one with the attitude of never complaining, never crying out, panicking, thinking too much, or regretting. To live a manly life in a series of tactical victories, performed with steadfast ritualistic mannerisms, is to embody masculinity, and therefore the "Hemingway Code."


Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 -- Criticism and interpretation, Masculinity in literature, Sex role in literature