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Ernest Hemingway best exemplifies his hero code in his novels The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and The Sea through his protagonists Jake Barnes and Santiago The honor code for each of these characters means avoiding and struggling against the meaninglessness of life nada and instead embracing a passion for life which they demonstrate by means of their actions and feelings The Hemingway code embodies principles that govern the actions of Hemingways main protagonists in his novels They are rules which if completed would becomethe manual of conduct Waldhorn 26 As Arthur Waldhorn says the Hemingway code does not ask that a hero be fearless or entertain illusions about refuge or escape But it insists that he discipline and control his dread and above all that he behave with unobtrusive though unmistakable dignity 26 The code that does concern Hemingway and his tyros is the process of learning how to make ones passive vulnerabilities to the dangers and unpredictabilities of life into a strong rather than weak position and how to exact the maximum amount of reward honor dignity out of these encounters Rovit 92 In advance a character knows what is expected of him in the game of life although he does not know what combination of challenges will be imposed on him at any one given time 91 Hemingways belief in the freedom of the individual to make responsible choices was paid for at the painful expense of having to constantly wage battle with the unpredictable future Because a character does not know what will happen to him he must endure whatever challenges are thrown upon him This ability to react to a variety of differing challenges is only acquired through training and experience of each unique challenge 91 Not only must Hemingways hero face the unpredictablilities of life with honor and dignity but he must also face the challenges alone Each man faces his struggle alonefor only as solitary
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