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  1. Hemingway's short story, "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" .

    When the story begins, the old deaf man is sitting outside the Spanish caf� in the shadow of the leaves of a tree that was made against the electric light. The narrator says, "The two waiters inside the caf� knew that the old man was a little drunk, and while he was a good client they knew that if he became too drunk he would leave without paying, so they kept a watch on him" (289). From this it seems that the old drunken man is very lonely and sits alone in a pleasant place to drink away his sorrows.

    • Word count: 1157
  2. The Old Man and the Sea. Santiago follows the Hemingway code of behavior, therefore emphasizing and supporting the theme, Dignity belongs to the conquered.

    feed...are they worthy to eat him...? No, of course not. There is no one worthy of eating him from...his behaviour...his great dignity" (Hemingway, 75). Although he is attempting to kill the marlin, it is obvious from the way Santiago speaks that he still has a lot of admiration for the fish. This pride in one's task but respect of the opponent is one of the primary components of Hemingway's "code of behavior." Furthermore, when Santiago has used up all of his weapons in attempts to defeat the sharks, he says in his mind, "Now it is over.

    • Word count: 814
  3. A Farewell to Arms is regarded as a story of a man whose experiences of war and love lead to tragedy. The novel centers on the aspirations of a nave young man named Frederick Henry.

    Hemingway then gives the reader a quick and reporter-like description containing an appalling tone. Hemingway writes of the troops marching in the mud, officers going by in their cars, splashing mud and inspections by the King, who says that it is going, "very badly". In the final sentence of the chapter, Hemingway writes that winter came, and an epidemic spread throughout the Army, but only seven thousand died. This single statement, although easy to read over, foreshadows the future of the book quite perfectly. One may gather that things will not unravel well for Henry.

    • Word count: 853
  4. Indian Camp by Ernest Hemingway - Literary analysis.

    The geographical setting though - an outlying Indian camp in the wilderness of USA - is of great relevancy in the story; Nick's rough confrontation with the mysteries of birth and death stands as a contrast to the peaceful society and surroundings the Indians are living in. And that's what the story is about; the beginning and end of life, how rough it some times might be, and a young boy's confrontation with this. Because of his father's occupation, Nick is in all likelihood familiar with both child birth and death, but not in this violent way.

    • Word count: 554
  5. The Code Hero in The Sun Also Rises

    Jake's wound releases this "nothingness and absurdity" and The Sun Also Rises depicts the code hero's attempt to live while enduring this wound. Characteristic of the Hemingway code hero, Jake Barnes tries to continue living despite the harsh reality of his situation after World War I. Jake's actions depict this battle to live with dignity and grace. For example, the hero tries to maintain his dignity through an assessment and evaluation of his values. According to critic Carlos Baker, "the Hemingway hero must work out his values for himself" (155).

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  6. Which pet to choose-a cat or dog?

    The dog and the cat will become good companions with their owner. Both become attached to their owners and vice versa. A dog or cat owner should be prepared for the loss of his or her pet. Both a dog and a cat can become an inconvenience to clean up after. Shedding hair on particular breeds is a hassle with both. Much like a child, they are known to get into things and create unwanted messes. The owner must watch where he or she allows his or her dog or cat to roam.

    • Word count: 895
  7. Theme and narrative in Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants"

    Because the hills have no vegetation they appear to be white. Their round shape looks somewhat like a white elephant. As our characters sit outside a bar there is an obvious hostility in the air. Jig especially seems very frustrated. This is shown through her sarcastic remarks about drinking absinthe. As the conversation moves on the man speaks of "an awfully simple operation" The man asks the woman to have this operation. He says things like "It's not really an operation at all", and "It's just to let the air in."

    • Word count: 620
  8. How does R. Gerallt Jones make us feel sorry for Johnny in 'The Letter'?

    The next indication of his age that we are given comes within the next couple of lines. Jones writes, "...to buy a Hotspur and the Sporting Record..." Johnny is wishing that he was still at Pwllheli where he had the freedom to go to the local shop and purchase one of these magazines. The content of the magazines is what gives us a clue to his sophistication, as they are both aimed at a young male audience. Hotspur was about a cartoon character called 'Cannonball Kidd', who was notorious for being the saviour in a make-believe football match.

    • Word count: 2200
  9. Critical Analysis of Soldier's Home

    Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899 into an upper-middle class family. His childhood was not traumatic, but as he grew older, his hostility towards his father and mother increased. He saw his father as a "weak and ineffectual" (#87) man, and his mother as "strict and domineering" (#87). He entered World War 1 as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in Italy at the beginning of the United States' involvement. He was wounded by shrapnel in both legs and confined to a hospital bed in Italy, where he fell in love with the nurse who treated him.

    • Word count: 1180
  10. Compare and contrast ‘The End of Something’ by Ernst Hemingway and ‘Here We Are’ by Dorothy Parker

    The mill is described in detail and the phrases used are specialised for that purpose. Words such as "schooners" and "lumber" are repeated and illustrate the type of machinery connected with the mill. As Nick and Marjorie are fishing, vocabulary explicitly referring to fishing are often used. "Striking", "ventral fin", and "rainbow trout" are words associated with fishing. There is also repetition of cold destructive words such as "dark" and "steel". These words have sinister connotations and the use of them hints at something bad.

    • Word count: 1464
  11. A Clean Well Lighted Place

    There are only three main characters in A Clean Well-Lighted Place. The old waiter, the young waiter and the old, blind patron. The patron is totally content sitting in the clean well-lighted place and drinking. He is simply being. By 'being', I mean that the patron is just being alive and appreciating and owning his life. It seems to be an almost melancholy state he's in. The old, blind patron almost seems as though, if he were to stay there forever, he would be just fine. Although he does not speak much in the story, I would say that he is the protagonist.

    • Word count: 632
  12. A Farewell to Arms.

    According to the Hemingway hero's philosophy, a truly brave "code hero" was a stoic person, who accepted the fear of a situation and did not complain about it. "I'm not a bit afraid. It's just a dirty trick." This was all that Catherine said shortly before she died. However, Catherine died according to her view of what the brave should do in death as in life. A brave person should simply not mention their fear of the deaths that they have encountered.

    • Word count: 593
  13. Santiagos power of observation in "The Old Man and the Sea".

    We come to know about Santiago?s introspection as he sails far out on the sea. In searching for and in catching his big fish, Santiago gains a deepened insight into himself and into his relationship to the rest of created life. For the birds that rests on his line and for other creatures who share with him such a capricious and violent life, the old man feels friendship and loves ?the birds have a harder life than we do expect for the robber birds and the heavy strong ones. Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel? She is kind and very beautiful?.

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  14. Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-lighted place" analysis

    The first character is the old man, who is deaf, yet he enjoys the stillness of the night. For this reason, he is sitting at an outdoor table, in the shadow of a tree. The old man drinking alone, and it’s near closing time at the café. There are two waiters working in the café, an older one and a younger one. From experience, the waiters know that if the old man drinks too much, he is likely to leave without paying his tab.

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  15. The Change in Frederick Henry in "A Farewell to Arms"

    It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.? In chapter three Henry is portrayed as a kind man. When his roommate, Rinaldi, spots an English nurse, Henry loans him 50 lire so Rinaldi can seem like a wealthy man. Even though Henry was not a religious man he was still nice and friendly to the priest. In chapter 5 Henry and Catherine were chatting about Catherine?s job, they agree to ?drop the war? as a subject of conversation, Henry tries to put his arm around her.

    • Word count: 651
  16. Exploring the Iceberg: In Hills like White Elephants, Hemingways austere syntax consists mainly of short dialogue and undetailed descriptions

    I wouldn?t have you do it if you didn?t want to. But I know it?s perfectly simple.? ?And you really want to?? ?I think it?s the best thing to do. But I don?t want you to do it if you don?t really want to.? ?And if I do it you?ll be happy and things will be like they were and you?ll love me?? ?I love you now. You know I love you.? ?I know. But if I do it, then it will be nice again if I say things are like white elephants, and you?ll like it?? ?I?ll love it. I love it now but I just can?t think about it.

    • Word count: 1742
  17. In the short story Hills like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway there are many different ways to describe the theme

    As I was doing research on this short story in the E-brary I found out that they were in fact on their way for the woman to get an abortion (Rankin, 2005). The way that Hemingway portrayed the people was one way of him using symbols as a way to draw a person in to the theme of the story.

    • Word count: 491

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