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Much of Jake's personality and actions in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises are compensation for his impotence. His "code," a hypermasculine way of dealing with externalities through reduction of emotions to materialistic calculations of exchanges, and acting in a way the substitutes honour for empathy, is a way of coping not only with physical impotence but emotional limitations. The other way in which Jake deals with his impotence is an almost clichéd performance of masculinity, whether the actual fishing trip to Bayonne (in which, one might speculate, the Bill exemplifies the genuine ideal of the innocent unconflicted American male, for whom going fishing is simply a natural expression of male character), and vicarious patronage of bull-fighting.
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