Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Cheryl Walker

Reader 2

Aaron Matz

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As much as the characters themselves, the Hemingway Text grapples with the instability of modern gender relations, unsure of what how to function within this newly disillusioned existence. Jake Barnes, the protagonist of The Sun Also Rises, speaks to this overwhelming need to find news way of living: “I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it. Maybe if you found out how to live in it if you learned from what it was all about” (152). Repeatedly, these works struggle to reconcile the unmanned masculine figure, unable to fulfill the Code, with the New Woman, radical in her inherent transgression of traditional values.

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