Discuss the isolation of the narrator in Ernest Hemingway's In Another Country

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Discuss about the isolation of the narrator in “ In Another Country”

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born at 8 o'clock in the morning on July 21st 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. In nearly 62 years of his lifetime, his literary reputation was unsurpassed. The Characters that he created were not only captive the literary critics but also the average men as well. It can be said that Ernest Hemingway was a greatest American Writer in the twentieth century. His experience as a soldier in Italy during World War 1 inspired him to write many of his later masterpieces. One of which is the story “In Another Country” in the book “Men Without Women”. “In Another Country” is a short story about wounded soldiers who are recuperating after being injured on the front line. The main theme of the story is about the isolation feeling that the American soldier, or the narrator, has to confront.

The first thing I would like to mention is the isolation of the narrator in his emotion. The setting of the story is in a military hospital in Milan, Italy during World War 1. As an American soldier, the narrator always feels homesick at a certain when being out of his homeland. Moreover, at the first glance, the title of the story, In Another Country”, Ernest Hemingway implies that the narrator himself is just a tourist in a foreign country rather than a real soldier who really fights for justice. This is the reason why he feels that he is undeserved for the medals. By describing his visiting to The Cova Café, the narrator lets the reader capture his tourist characterization. Furthermore, his perspective toward the Italian is “Italian is such an easy language…that I could not take a great interest”. The fact shows that the narrator has a light-hearted attitude toward the Italian culture, and he has no relationship to this country and the war as well. That is the reason why he feels isolated from what he is pursuing.

Another point is his isolation from companionship that is the discrimination the narrators has to face after being injured from an accident. Although all of them, the Italian and the American soldiers, are rewarded medals for their heroic action, the Italian soldiers feel disdain toward the American soldier who is considered to be not worth deserving the medals. Ernest Hemingway explores the back-side of the reward in the war. The writer reveals that the medals are just for decoration rather than the recognition.

The final point to demonstrate for the narrator's isolation is his separation from the damage of the war in Italy. Almost the characters in the story are injured or casualties. The death, ruin, loss and failure are pervasive everywhere in Italy. The damage of the war is so terrible, and it seems to destroy the culture and civilization of a country. The symbolization for the damage of the war is obviously seen everywhere in Italy as “There was much game hanging outside the shops, and the snow powdered in the fur of the foxes and the wind blew their tails. The deer hung stiff and heavy and empty, and small birds blew in the wind and the wind turned their feathers”. As mentioned above, the narrator ironically describes himself as a tourist rather than a real soldier. After the war, he will come back to his homeland where he will be separated completely from the ruin of the war. Ernest Hemingway insists on that the bravery action is not just only fighting the enemy on the front line but also confronting with the damage of the war. Because of his thinking like that, the writer feels undeserving for the medals for heroic action in the war, and he separates himself from the war and the Italian people.

In brief, the main theme of “In Another country” is the feeling of isolation of a young American soldier in Italy during World War 1. Throughout the story, Ernest Hemingway also explores an unknown fact about war. In some extents, war represents for the loss of function, loss of purpose and failure. Furthermore, war also brings detachment to human's emotional feeling.

Discuss the lost of the major from World War I

"In another Country” took place as a sad story which is permeated by loss, failure, and ruin. Many of the characters grappled with a loss of function, a loss of purpose, and a loss of faith. Among them, the Italian major was the one who suffers the most from the war. His loss is greater than anyone else: a loss of function, a loss of purpose, and a loss of faith.

The first thing to be mentioned is the major's loss of function. He received treatment for a shriveled hand from a doctor. Although the doctor kept encouraging his patient, his prognosis is dubious. From this point, readers can understand that the possibility for recovery is very low. The loss of function of his hand is likely pervasive. More painfully, before the war, the major was once a renowned fencer. Yet then, he felt nothing but angry and bitter. If we know that one of the most important things in playing football is the ability of running and the two hands play a crucial role in keeping balance when running, we can understand how hurt the major is with his shriveled hand. Profoundly judging, this loss of function can be considered as a physical loss.

The second thing I would like to discuss is the major's loss of purpose and of faith. About physical condition, his shriveled hand turned him to be definitely invalided out of the war. About mental condition, the death of his young wife seems to drown him in an indefinite pain. This is proved through the way he spoke very angrily and bitterly to the American soldier: “He cannot marry. He cannot marry. If he is to lose everything, he should not place himself in a position to lose that. He should not place himself in a position to lose. He should find things he cannot lose”. Readers can feel sympathy for the major when realizing that he was speaking out these words in pain. His pain was so great that in a certain moment he could not control himself. Consequently, he lost his faith upon life. With his shriveled hand and his dead wife, his life became meaningless. He likes football, yet he could not play anymore. He loves his country, but now he could no longer fight for it. He is much in love with his wife, but she has gone away. In my opinion, all these terrible things are too much for a person to endure. To this point, the major's loss of purpose and of faith has been clear. This is more a mental loss.

In conclusion, talking about the loss of the major in World War I, I can feel it as a loss of function, a loss of purpose, and a loss of faith. It seems to me that all the worst things have happened to the major to such an extremely extend that nothing can discourage him more. Also, I feel sorry for him. He is a good person but life is so harsh to him.

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Whenever a war breaks out, it always causes soldier to suffer from severe physical and emotional tolls. But not every soldier considers his losses as meaningful and heroic sacrifices, instead, they may think of the losses as accident or bad luck. This is specially true to the American soldier in the story “In Another Country”. His different thinking and isolation from other soldier help the readers have a good insight into what is so – called a just war

The obvious reason for his isolation is the difference in nationality and language. Because he ...

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