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  1. A Farewell To Arms Analysis. Throughout the novel A Farewell to Arms the main characters search for some type of tranquilizer to help them deal with the war.

    The war itself serves as an instrument for bringing them together as well as temporary separating them. The war caused many types of damage to those it affected, whether it was emotional, physical, or psychological. As the story progresses, we see the different types of strategies the characters use to ease his or her own personal torment. Many involved were trying to find ways to escape and cope with the harsh realities. The characters in A Farewell to Arms seem to epitomize this struggle. They turn to their own personal coping mechanisms to sustain the illusion that they were actually finding comfort.

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  2. Hemingway's "Hills like White Elephants" Literary Interpretation Analysis

    Hemingway uses some key elements to develop the theme of the story. The theme is about how Jig sees the possibility of keeping her unborn child and having a happy life, while the American man fails to see the possibilities and works to persuade her to go through the abortion. The author never names the topic of their discussion but as their dialogue progresses; it becomes evident that Jig is pregnant. Of the many symbols from the story, some of the main ones are the hills, white elephants, and the railroad station.

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  3. Feline Symbolism in The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber and The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway.

    Macomber changes for the better and becomes more confident and very much like the lion. The research also showed that leopards symbolize bravery, valiance, and courage. In "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," the main character Harry had none of these qualities and was disappointed in himself for not being the man he should have been. The leopard in the story had fought to achieve its goals, but Harry surpasses the leopard at the end. He makes it to the peak whereas, the leopard had died before it could.

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  4. Hemingway's Descriptive technique

    Both of these concepts influenced Hemingway greatly, and we can see the effect of this influence clearly in his writing. The novel. "A Farewell to Arms" is narrated entirely from Frederick Henry's point of view. He has a very distinct way of describing things-short and crisp. Throughout the novel, though Henry is surrounded on all sides by death, destruction and the wreckage of war, never once do we see him dramatizing or romanticizing it. He has what one might call a "reporter's eye"-everything is portrayed as if being reported by a journalist, concentrating only on the concrete facts and nothing else.

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  5. Study Questions for the Short Story, "Hills Like White Elephants" by Hemingway

    There are several instances where this simile is used... (Paragraphs 2, 10, 11...) These metaphors also allude to barrenness, ("the country was brown and dry...") as opposed to her fertility. Now, she wonders if she'll ever get this chance again. 2. "It tastes like licorice...", "That's the way with everything..." - They are both speaking metaphorically - he's blaming the baby for standing in the way of their love affair; she's blaming him because he can't see that she wants him to see her for more than a "fine time" and be a father to her child and a husband to her.

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  6. Discuss how the writer explores conflict in Ernest Hemingway's "The End of Something" and Graham Swift's "Chemistry"

    The family was close family before Ralph met his mother. They had a stable relationship even though there was an underlying current. Both "Chemistry" and "The End of Something" are centred on the theme of water. The story of "Chemistry" is centred on a pond, where the young boy and his grandfather sail their toy boat. They both share the same interests and it is obvious that there is no animosity between the two. The way the young boy talks about his grandfathers is enough to show that he thinks a lot of him and respects him for who he is.

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  7. The Old Man and the Sea is a book by Ernest Hemingway. The author's writing conveys deep messages and focuses on the development of characters who are not always human, but an important part of the story

    The story takes place in Havanna, Cuba in an older time than today, but still modern. Santiago is a fisherman that has not caught anything in 84 days. Manolin used to fish with Santiago since he was five, but his parents made him go to another fishing crew when Santiago stopped catching fish. Santiago treats Manolin as if he were his son. This has a great impact on the character of Santiago. It shows Santiago's nature for nurturing. The old man is very compationate and caring.

    • Word count: 928
  8. Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers"

    The man behind the counter called George in the black and white version changes to a blind women acting as a secretary. There is a lot more violence used in the colour version than the black and white version. The victims name changes, in the black and white version the victims name is Ole Anderson and in the colour version it's Pete Dunn. The Killers in the black and white version are not the main people in the film but in the black and version the killers are the main people in the film, this is because in the black and white version the killers don't play a big part in it they just do their job and get out.

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  9. An example of Hemmingway writing positively is when he writes about the reaction of Marjorie in lines 96 - 106. Instead of her being angry, upset, and very emotional at having found out that Nick wants to end the relationship

    I think Nick is worries but relieved that she has asked him this. Worried because he does not want to hurt her feelings because I feel he still cares for her- he must do because from what the author is telling us, they have been in a relationship for over 10 years. Even though they are breaking up, he must still feel something for her because they have spent a lot of time together. I think Nick feels relieved that she is asking 'What's the matter Nick?'

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  10. Is age significant for an understanding of the old man's burdens?

    Hemingway contrasts light and dark to show the difference between the old man and the young people around him. In addition he uses the old man's deafness as an image in his separation from the rest of the world. Near the end of the story, the author shows us the desperate emptiness of a life near finished without the fruit of its labor, and the aggravation of the old man's restless mind that cannot find peace. Throughout this story stark images of desperation show the old man's life at a point when he has realized the futility of life and finds himself the lonely object of scorn.

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  11. Analysis: A Clean, Well-lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

    The second character is the young waiter. He seems to be impatient with the old man when he forced the old man to leave the caf�, hoping that he (young waiter) can return home to his wife by a decent hour. He does not understand the importance of the clean and well-lighted caf� to the old man. It is also noticeable that he does not favor old age and even described it as a "nasty thing". The last main character is the old waiter who shares a similar plight with the old man.

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  12. Symbolism in Cat in the Rain

    and are "only two Americans"(l.1). Here it is interesting to notice that they are isolated from the outside world but also from each other. There is no communication and they have no contact, they are distant from each other. Then this isolation is accentuated because of the weather, it is raining. The rain is part responsible for the fact that they have to stay in their room. Nevertheless, the rain has a symbolic meaning together with the description of the public garden. It represents as suggests the critic John V.

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  13. Ernest Hemingway: A Biography and Annotated Bibliography for

    His sister Marcelline was not actually his twin but their mother raised the two that way, for reasons unknown. Besides that confusing situation, young Hemingway and his siblings grew up in a fairly average home. As a high school student he participated in sports and wrote constantly for the school paper. His family spent their time during the summer hunting and fishing in Michigan, where they had a cottage. He seemed to be growing up like any other average boy, "yet there were signs of the determinedly self-defined man that he would become."(Koster 16).

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  14. How Does Hemingway use Economy In

    Another way that Hemingway achieves economy is through sentence length. When describing nature and motion Hemingway uses long descriptive, interesting sentences with imagery, however when the subject is Nick and Marjorie's relationship short, abrupt sentences are used. This could be seen as another way that Hemingway conveys the boring side of their relationship. The description is so detailed when they are fishing, " ran the second line out the same way", that it gives the impression that they are focused on their jobs in order to avoid having to focus on their failing relationship.

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  15. Ernest Hemingway's - The Killers - review

    Yes, racism is wrong in others views but Hemingway told the story how it would be. This is how the audience could establish the time. Around 1920s as of the racism, the diner and the language. The language used, in a script form, was very good how Hemingway set the scene without it being fully narrated. During the hold up in the diner Al and Max had strong communication between each other. Hemingway had also set the time, even with useless dialog as they argue about the clock being 10 minutes fast. Al and max were good criminals, they got what they wanted.

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  16. How does Hemingway introduce the two main characters in The Old Man and the Sea?

    from handling heavy fish on the cords", the scars being "as old as erosions in a fishless desert", wonderfully describing his predicament and the appearance of the scars. We are also told, also in a throw-away manner that the Old Man is covered with "benevolent skin cancer", however, we are told nothing more of it as if it were unimportant. The dialogue that follows is very revealing about the relationship between the man and the boy, of whom we have had no description so far.

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  17. Hemingway's graphic portrait of the lost and wounded post-World War I generation presented in The Sun Also Rises.

    He was a literalist...hardly qualified for tragedy. (56) Hemingway, via Jake Barnes, methodically illustrates each aforementioned attribute. For instance, Cohn's stinginess is clearly evident as he entreats Jake to buy him a double-tapered fishing line, but insists on paying later rather than now. Moreover, as Cohn becomes enamored with Lady Ashley, he attempts to excise himself from Frances by buying her off, as she confesses that Cohn offered her a hundred pounds to visit friends in England. Frances, though, would not settle and so he bargained with her till they both agreed on two hundred pounds.

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  18. A biography of Ernest Hemingway.

    This was definitely a most terrifying moment for the young Hemingway. After being seriously injured weeks later, Hemingway found himself recovering at a hospital in Milan. After his stay at the American Hospital in Milan, Hemingway was relieved of duty (Mitran 1). Having no other purpose in Europe, he returned unhappily to Oak Park, Illinois. The impression left on Hemingway by his stay in Italy had changed him profoundly. He never really returned to America as an America(Meyer 115). When Hemingway returned home from Italy in January of 1919 he found Oak Park dull compared to the adventures of war, the beauty of foreign lands, and the romance of an older woman.

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  19. The End of Something by Ernest Hemingway.

    from the present, also the phrase 'twelve feet of dark water' is used which may be representing the areas unknown and unvisited in effect, within their relationship. Marjorie states 'There's our old ruin, Nick' which represents the ruin of the relationship, how it was once a glorified, standing wonder now reduced only to shambles. Throughout their day out fishing, Marjorie is constantly the one trying to make the moves, the one trying to reminisce and revive their once wonderful bond, however Nick rejects all offers.

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  20. "The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway.

    George, the owner of the diner, thinks Anderson must have double-crossed some gamblers in Chicago. Anderson himself simply states to Nick Adams that he "got in wrong" (Hemingway). The absence of this detail makes the reader question the logic behind Al and Max's plot and wonder if there is even a sensible reason for the murder of Anderson. Even the two hit men don't know why they are killing Anderson. Max states, "We're killing him for a friend. Just to oblige a friend, bright boy" (Hemingway). This is exactly the kind of effect Hemingway wanted to create.

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  21. Dimensions and Theme in The Killers.

    In The Killers, there are totally three main scenes: Henry's lunchroom, Hirsch's rooming house, and again Henry's lunchroom. The first scene opens with two strangers entering Henry's lunchroom, where George is waiting on Nick Adams at the counter. The strangers, Al and Max, try unsuccessfully to order from the diner menu, then settle for sandwiches, after which their small talk turns ugly. Al takes Sam the cook and Nick into the kitchen, gags and ties them up, and then he and Max reveal that they are waiting to kill the heavyweight prize fighter Ole Andreson when he comes to have dinner at six o' clock.

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  22. Uncovering the beauty and depth of such a simple man as Santiago in The Old Man and The Sea requires uncovering the personal experiences and integrity of Hemingway himself.

    Hemingway described the old fisherman's struggles, relationships, and beliefs with the passion of a poor man. The book is filled with the emotions and adventures of life. Uncovering the beauty and depth of such a simple man as Santiago in The Old Man and The Sea requires uncovering the personal experiences and integrity of Hemingway himself. Santiago is an old Cuban fisherman who, in the beginning of the book has not caught a fish in eighty-four consecutive days. The old man decides to venture out to great depths of the sea in hopes to catch a great fish to save his career.

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  23. The old man and the sea; Book Review.

    This essay is gong to discuss the different ways the old man's friendship with the boy exists. The first example of their friendship is when the boy suggests that he could fish with the old man again and the old man replies 'No, You're with a lucky boat. Stay with them.' This shows that the old man is more concerned with the boy's well being than his own. The way the story is written just before this shows clearly that the old man and the boy are good friends and would both want to go fishing with each other so this shows clearly that the old man is doing what he thinks is best for the boy.

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  24. The old man and the sea analysis.

    (75) Santiago's love and respect for nature is key part of his personality and it surfaces throughout the story. Hemingway writes how Santiago sees the sea as something feminine and as something that gave or withheld assistance. (30) Santiago has respect for his enemy, the marlin. He reflects about how wonderful and strange the marlin is wonders how old the fish is. (48) When Santiago thinks, "there is no sense in being anything but practical", it makes perfect sense when you consider what type of person the old man is. He is a survivor. After thinking that he should be practical, the old man immediately goes on goes on to say that he wished he had some salt so that he could preserve the fish.

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  25. A study of a relationship in Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    Their meeting is also more like an interrogation than a first meeting of two potential colleagues. Pablo dominates by asking all the questions and demanding answers: '[Jordan] "Blow up a bridge." [Pablo] "What bridge?" "That is my business." "If it is in this territory, it is my business."'(Chapter 1 P.14) In a way, Jordan is opposing Pablo by refusing to give him information, but Pablo stays in power. He uses his identity as a part of his guerilla group to show his supremacy. Pablo also has a way of going against Jordan, 'What right have you, a foreigner, to come to me and tell me what I must do?'

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare and contrast ‘The End of Something’ by Ernst Hemingway and ‘Here We Are’ by Dorothy Parker

    "The two stories are very ambiguous and the authors invite the readers to read between the lines and make their own conclusions. Terminology is used to illustrate the machinery and fishing in 'The End of Something' but words are not specialised in 'Here we are', although idioms are used. Nick and Marjorie have been together for a long time and are comfortable with each other, but their relationship is coming to an end. In 'Here we are' the man and girl are newly wed and in a new and unfamiliar relationship. The train journey is the journey into married life, which has only just begun for them. In both stories, there is suspense and tension throughout brought on by the language, style and dialogue between the characters. The language used and how the characters respond to each other allows us to form informed opinions of them."

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