“The Poor Are Different from You and Me”

Susan J. Wolfe

in Key West Hemingway

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033556
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038353 | DOI:
“The Poor Are Different from You and Me”

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This chapter compares the novel's depiction of sexual difference to The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway's most-studied assessment of androgyny and gender confusion. Critics have argued repeatedly that manhood and heroism are synonymous in Hemingway's fiction, and that the real mark of both is courage and stoicism in the face of death. Harry Morgan displays that courage and stoicism when he dumps sacks of liquor, ignoring the pain in an arm so badly wounded it is later amputated. But most of all he displays it in his marriage and commitment to his family.

Keywords: gender confusion; androgyny; Sun Also Rises; Ernest Hemingway; Harry Morgan

Chapter.  5799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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