Ernest Hemingway Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Ernest Hemingway
An analysis of the personality of author, Ernest Hemingway, through a review of his compilation of short stories, "In Our Time".
# 62778 | 1,255 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004
Published on Dec 12, 2005 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper contends that out of all the protagonists he painstakingly described in his novels and short stories, the one which came closest to the real Ernest Hemingway was one of his earliest creations, Nick Adams. The paper discusses how Nick's trials and tribulations were featured in a series of 'coming of age' short stories, which were assembled in the compilation, "In Our Time", originally published in 1930. The paper defines Nick Adams as serving as Hemingway's literary alter-ego, a man who was on a personal quest to embody his definition of a macho hero, the man who could stoically overcome any obstacle without registering any outward emotion.

From the Paper:

"The first offering, "Indian Camp," is a story which describes Nick accompanying his physician father to perform a Caesarean on a pregnant squaw. Dr. Adams describes the serious medical situation in clinical, matter of fact terms, telling his son, "Listen to me. What she is going through is called being in labor. The baby wants to be born and she wants it to be born. All her muscles are trying to get the baby born. That is what is happening when she screams" (16). The unsettling quiet of the labor is disrupted by the woman's desperate cries of anguish. There is, in these remote surroundings, naturally, no type of anesthetic, and Nick becomes increasingly agitated by the pregnant woman's obvious distress. "

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