What Is the Hemingway Code Hero?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 16, 2020 11:23:34 AM ET

The Hemingway code hero, sometimes more simply referred to as the Hemingway hero, is a stock character created by Ernest Hemingway. The character is easily identified by its strong masculinity, enthusiasm for life and often excessive indulgence in its pleasures. The code hero was embraced by readers in the 1920s as a kind of literary antidote to the increasingly sensitive, emasculated American male.