Making a Mess of Manhood in Hemingway's “The Capital of the World”

Thomas Strychacz

in Dangerous Masculinities

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031613
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038926 | DOI:
Making a Mess of Manhood in Hemingway's “The Capital of the World”

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This chapter gives an analysis of Ernest Hemingway's “The Capital of the World”, which is an odd story about a boy who copies a matador and ends up tied to a kitchen chair and dying from wounds caused by being attacked with steak knives. It explores Hemingway's problematic representation of masculinity and the story allows readers to pursue several questions about masculine performance. It also examines and critiques the strategies that men use to fashion “manhood”.

Keywords: analysis; Ernest Hemingway; The Capital of the World; representation; masculinity; masculine performance; manhood; strategies

Chapter.  12513 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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