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Title

"He was pretty good in there today": Reviving the Macho Christ in Ernest Hemingway’s "Today is Friday" and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ

Author

Lisa Tyler

Document Type

Internet Resource

Citation

Tyler, Lisa. “‘He was pretty good in there today’: Reviving the Macho Christ in Ernest Hemingway’s ‘Today is Friday’ and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.” Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality 1, no. 2 (2007): 155-69. http://www.jmmsweb.org.

Annotation

Compares Hemingway’s short story to Gibson’s film, asserting that each “is about the ways in which both men believed they had directly benefited from Christ’s suffering.” Looks at the influence of the nineteenth-century “muscular Christianity” movement combining faith with athleticism and their religiously conservative backgrounds on their art. Tyler concludes that both use the Crucifixion “as a trope for the intense physical and mental suffering of depression” and believe Christ, through his suffering, provides hope for those like themselves who despair.

Published in

Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

Volume

1

Issue

2

Date

2007

Pages

155-169

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