WR150 Portfolio

This issue brings up the larger question of what

Info iconThis preview shows pages 34–37. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: This issue brings up the larger question of what exactly the structure of this novel is and the purpose that that serves to the reader. Furthering their arguments, Moddelmog describes In Our Time as a novel and not just a collection of stories. Brogan, on the other hand, describes Hemingway’s novel as having a cubist anatomy. Despite these two opinions, it is clear that Hemingway is the implied author of In Our Time and the 35 Jung structure of his novel categorizes his piece of work as a short story cycle as opposed to a novel and a cubist piece of literature. In Our Time has a lot of publication history that also adds to the debate of its structure and message. The book itself has undergone many different modifications within the first decade that the first edition was published. In the 1924 edition, in our time was just an isolated collection of eighteen vignettes labeled with Roman numerals. Later, sixteen of those vignettes were included in the 1925 edition, intermixed with short stories. Then, the first story of the book, “On the Quai and Smyrna” replaced the “Introduction by the Author” that was originally present. Furthermore, there was a separate book published that were stories only involving Nick Adams, called the Nick Adams Stories . Many of these stories happen to appear in In Our Time , yet they were first a part of their own book depicting the growth of Nick from boyhood to war life and then to his post-war years. These small details all add to the larger debate of how Hemingway structured his novel and why. The foundation of Moddelmog’s interpretation of In Our Time revolves around the argument of Nick Adams being the author of the stories and vignettes, similar to George Willard in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio being the writer described in the very first story. Moddelmog mentions how it was not Hemingway’s initial intention to make Nick the author in In Our Time , however, because Nick and Hemingway share similar experiences, “turning [Nick] into the author of the stories ex post facto required very little work” (Moddelmog 594). As she continually states in her essay, Hemingway only needed to make Nick a war veteran and a writer to make it plausible that he was the author of these stories and inter-chapters. If Nick in fact was the author of the novel, then 36 the stories and vignettes would all be reflective of him and his mind whether they were real or not. Moddelmog argues that these stories are all memories or fragments of his imagination that are a consequence of his life experiences. Even the stories in which Nick Adams is not a central character have some relation to him – which is exemplified in greater detail in another The Nick Adams Stories . She makes connections between those stories in The Nick Adams Stories and the ones in In Our Time that don’t discuss Nick specifically. One convincing piece of evidence provided by Moddelmog of Nick being the author is that in the Nick Adams Stories , Nick confesses that, “’His whole inner life...
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

Page34 / 102

This issue brings up the larger question of what exactly...

This preview shows document pages 34 - 37. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online