Defusing Violence: Maneuvering Confrontation in The Sun Also Rises
Masculinity study arguing that Jake forges a new masculine identity defying contemporary cultural ideals of violent manhood. Willis argues that Jake initially desires a masculine rival whom he can relate to and emulate, and thus considers the authoritatively masculine Romero rather than the more ‘feminine’ Cohn to be a suitable lover for Brett. Upon realizing that violence is destructive to manhood, Jake learns to defuse violent confrontations and thus successfully respond to Brett’s attempts to psychologically castrate him.
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