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Unformatted text preview: Question: How does the structure of Hemingway’s novel affect his message? Or more specifically, what is Hemingway’s message given the structure of his novel? 2. The theme of idealism vs. realism in the novel. (“The Revolutionist”, “Mr. and Mrs. Elliot”, and “The End of Something”) It is unclear to see the pattern of idealism and realism appearing throughout the stories. It is evident in “The Revolutionist”, “Mr. and Mrs. Elliot”, and “The End of Something” however that cannot be said about all of the stories. Mrs. Elliot seems to be an idealist because she wants to have a child but in reality, at her age, the chances are very slim. The Magyar in “The Revolutionist” is also an idealist. Yet, it is unclear whether Nick is truly an idealist or a realist. Nick might have undergone change from being an idealist before the war to a realist after. Question: Is Nick an idealist or a realist? How does that affect his character and the decisions that he makes throughout the novel? Does that give the reader a different impression of him? 3. The focus of bull fighting in the vignettes. (“Chapter IX”-“Chapter XIV”) The direction of the vignettes themselves is very confusing. The first seven “chapters” are focused around Nick’s war experiences but in the second half of the book, they suddenly switch focus to bulls and bull fighting. It is very unclear as to why Hemingway has made that switch considering there is no context to any of the vignettes. Question: What are the points of the vignettes? How would In Our Time be different without them? What are the vignettes trying to say? 30 Artifact 2 – Exercise 9: Paper 2 Prospectus and Annotated Bibliography Comments Linda Jung WR150 A1 February 27, 2013 Annotated Bibliography for Paper 2 Clifford, Stephen P. "Hemingway's Fragmentary Novel: Readers Writing The Hero In `In Our Time'." Hemingway Review 13.2 (1994): 12. Academic Search Premier. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. Stephen Clifford offers a solution to the difficult reading of In Our Time . He states how despite the fact that Nick’s perspective is a large part of Hemingway’s novel; it is not the most valuable one. He argues that it is ridiculous to assume the stories that have nothing to do with Nick are somehow all connected to him and his progression through adulthood. Clifford also disagrees in saying that Nick is a hero in some sort because he thinks that it forces us to assume certain qualities of him and fill in the gaps of the story that we do not know. The underlying argument is that just because Nick’s name happens to appear multiple times, does not mean that it is the same person over and over again. I plan to use this source as an argument that I oppose. I think Nick’s perspective is the most important and despite the fragmental nature of the novel, all the stories in the book are related to him or his life....
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