In Our Time | Study Guide

Ernest Hemingway

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in-our-time-ernest-hemingwayn the early morning on the lake ... he felt quite sure that he would never die.Narrator, Indian CampSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, Poetry FoundationCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.WomenSymbolize mens ambivalence about returning to societyCampingRepresents retreat from society into a warriors lifeBullfightingSymbolizes confrontation with death made beautiful by ritualSymbolsCombat in Times of War & PeaceTHEMESSet in the early 20th century, In Our Time provides glimpses of men at war: in the trenches, in the bullfighting arena, and against their wives and mothers. The 17 stories and vignettes depict the universal struggle of facing death with courage.In war or bullfighting, a man owes his worthy opponent a worthy death.CombatAs doctors or husbands, men offer strength during painful, frightening birth.BirthMen face inevitable death and horror with courage or cowardice.DeathHarold KrebsWorld War I soldier returning home too late to get a heros welcome and suffering from shell shock”; realizes he cannot adjust to small-town lifeHubert ElliotVirginal, awkward Harvard law student; writes long poems in France and lets himself be fooled into an unhappy marriageNick AdamsMidwestern sportsman, wounded veteran, drinker, writer, and hunter; grows up fast and transforms on the World War I battlefieldsMain CharactersAt age 18 Hemingway tried to enlist to fight in World War I but was rejected for vision problems. Hemingway served as a Red Cross ambulance driver in Italy instead. Injured while serving chocolate to soldiers, Hemingway fell in love with his nurse, who rejected him. The authors experiences of war and unrequited love inspired much of In Our Time.ERNEST HEMINGWAY18991961AuthorEnglishOriginal Language1925Year PublishedErnest HemingwayAuthorIn Our TimeFictionShort Stories

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