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In Another Country by Ernest Hemingway
Transcript of In Another Country by Ernest Hemingway
The human condition is very vulnerable
Working harder than someone else does not always yield better results
Don't take risks if you are unable to handle the consequences Abouth the author:
Oakland Park, Illinois
experienced: Italian front in WWI, Paris in 1920s, Spanish Civil War, D-day
After high school, Hemingway went on to work at the Kansas City Star. Here he developed his simple style writing.
Hemingway went to Paris in the 1920's. Here he became a star.
Produced many short stories and novels.
Committs suicide at the age of 62 on July 2, 1961 Setting
Milan, Italy "It is the writer's job to tell the truth." Historical Events:
end of WWI
Spanish Flu becomes a pandemic over 30 million people die in 6 months, almost twice as many people die in the war
"We lived," recalled the infrontryman, "a mean and imrovished sort of existence in lousy scratch holes."
- soldiers charged into no man's land and turned out to be successfull as the first attack
- A shell-torn wood near Ypres took nearly 250,000 lives in three months
- By the end of the war, 50,300 Americans had been killed in action, and 206,000 were wounded
- Overall, 9 million soldiers were killed, 18 million were wounded, and nearly 10 million civilians also died Characters:
Each character's role is to protray the effects of war on a person
Dynamic character = Major
Static character = Narrator (Author) Writer's Crafting:
Tone - regretful, depressing, sad
short sentences, objective tone, few adverbs/adjectives, sharp concrete images
Metaphors - hawk
"The three with the medals were like hunting hawks and I was not a hawk, altough I may seem a hawk to those who have never hunted; they, the three, knew better and so we drifted apart."
Simile - major's hand Thematic Ideas:
The hardships of war (ex. major)
developed through emotions and actions of characters Criticism:
"From the beginning the thing that stirred him most was violence, and the emotions of which he wrote were those stimulated by pain and killing--war..."
Hemingway's writing seems to be mostly about violence and the horrors that follow. Hemingway himself was in war and knows what it feels like. He describes the trauma that follows due to the killing and pain of war.
This quote can easily be related to "In Another Country" because the main idea is the affects of war. Hemingway tells the story of four soldiers and their everyday lives dealing with pain and fears that come with war.
For example, the narrator describes his fear of death, "...I was very much afraid to die, and often lay in bed at night by myself, afraid to die and wondering how I would be when I went back to the front again." The narrator fears going back into battle. He has seen how horrible war can be. Elements of Modernism:
Wistful desire to return to pre-War life
Chaos, uncertainty, fragmentation
Emphasis on psychological exploration by many