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A Day's Wait

By: Ernest Hemingway

Taylor Tompkins

on 5 November 2012

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Transcript of A Day's Wait

A Day's Wait. By: Ernest Hemingway PLOT The exposition of "A Day's Wait" is that Schatz is a very sick and miserable boy of nine years. He is stuck in bed with a fever of 102. Rising action: The father went for a walk on a bright cold day and he flushed a covey of quails. He killed two and missed five. Climax.... The boy refuses to let anyone into his room, he had a white face and was staring at the foot of the bed. The father told him to take it easy and to not worry. The boy was evidently holding tight onto himself about something. Falling action: The boy asks his father "About what time do you think I will die?" The father told the boy that people don't die with a fever of only 102. The boy believes that you can't live with 44 degrees and he has 102, because he believed what the french boys told him. The boy had been waiting to die all day,since about 9 O'clock in the morning. Resolution: The father explains to the boy that he is not going to die. It is like miles and kilometers and that they use a different thermometer where 37 is normal. The next day was very slack and the boy cried at little things that were of no importance. Literary Devices Internal Conflict: The boy has conflicting thoughts about whether he is going to die or not. Example.... Schatz had been waiting all day to die, ever since nine o'clock in the morning. Theme: Innocence of a Child: The boy is confused about whether he will die when in reality he has a simple fever not the influenza. He isn't capable of understanding his illness. Example: "People don't die with a fever of one hundred and two. That's a silly way to talk." said the boys father. Imagery: The father describes what it is like outside when he goes out for a walk. Example: It was a bright cold day, the ground was covered with a sleet that had frozen so that it seemed as if all the bare trees, the bushes, the cut brush and all the grass and the bare ground had been varnished with ice. Hemingway Code Lack of Description: Hemingway doesn't give much description about the boys illness. Example: "The doctor left three different medicines in different colored capsules with instructions for giving them." Use of symbolism: Some of the quails represent death and the others represent life. Quails also represent all people with the flu and only two people die from it. Example: "...I killed two, missed five, and started back pleased to have found a covey close to the house and happy there were so many left to find on another day." The Code Hero: The father is a comforter to his son when he reassures him he wont die of the fever. The father is also a hunter which makes him a manly man. Example: "We flushed a covey of quail under a high clay bank with overhanging brush and I killed two as they went out of sight over the top of the bank." The Test! 1.) The quails represent life and death, but they also represent what in connection with Schatz? 2.) In the story Hemingway states that it is cold outside. What does the cold weather represent? 3.) What do you think made Schatz reach his coming of age?
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