Robert Cohn : A Man

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The novel begins with Robert Cohn, a boy who is seeking to become a man. Throughout the book, Cohn is seeking out heroic characteristics, but little does he know what a real hero is. Robert Cohn is introduced in the first few lines of the novel: "Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton. Do not think that I am very much impressed that as a boxing title, but it meant a lot to Cohn" (Hemingway 5). Tracy Caldwell, a literary critic, gives another description of arrogant book writer Robert Cohn as she says, "Cohn is described as a wealthy Jew from New York, and a Princeton graduate. Shy and innocent, if naive and van at times, Cohn becomes unpleasantly 'vain ' after some modest success as an author and entrepreneur" (Caldwell, par. 2). Robert Cohn wants to be strong, opinionated, knowledgeable, and brace, but he turns out to be quite the opposite. Robert Cohn fails at being a hero because, instead of Cohn taking control over who he is, he lets everyone around his shape the person he becomes. One example of him being controlled is when he is told, "Listen, Robert, dear. Let me tell you something. You won 't mind will you? Don 't have scenes with your young ladies. Try not to (Hemingway 37). Robert 's emotional side is demonstrated when Tracy Caldwell says, "Robert next goes after Romero. Even though Robert beats the young man soundly, he breaks down crying" (Caldwell, par. 8). This quote demonstarates how he is emotionally weak and not very heroic at all.…
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