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A Farewell to Arms. Throughout the novel, A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway developed a specific discipline and behavior for a true Hemingway "code hero". Although there are many characters in the novel, each one of them possessed a similar or contrasting characteristic of a "code hero". While Frederic Henry became a true "code hero" by the end of the novel, Catherine Barkley was a better example of a "code hero" throughout the course of the novel. Hemingway's definition of a code hero stated that there were many qualities, some more important than others, needed in order to be classified as a true "code hero". The most important characteristics required to be a true Hemingway "code hero" like Catherine Barkley are bravery, immorality, and discipline. ...read more.


Death was the end of everything and life was devoted to exposing oneself to all types of physical pleasures, which were the rewards a Hemingway hero would strive for in life. Catherine dismissed the traditional concepts of morality and developed her own system of moral values. Because of her self-created values, she did not marry yet, she was pregnant and did not want the child to be baptized. In a way, Helen Ferguson was the living symbol of the traditional concepts of morality. She disliked Frederic since he and Catherine were not married but continued to pretend as if they were. Helen felt this was wrong and that they should have been married especially since Catherine was pregnant. ...read more.


Talking was considered to be emotionalism, which involved thinking. A Hemingway hero was not a thinker but a person of action. Catherine Barkley exemplified the "code hero" by possessing a great sense of bravery, her own sense of immorality, and her own sense of discipline. A Hemingway hero must be brave in the face of danger, must push aside the traditional moral values, and must have discipline to block out true emotion. These characteristics were just a few of the many that a Hemingway "code hero" must possess. While each "code hero" may have shared similar qualities, when and how each detail was discovered varies greatly from character to character. Unlike Frederic Henry, Catherine possessed all of these qualities from the beginning of the novel, which led Hemingway to create Catherine Barkley as the true Hemingway "code hero". ...read more.

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