Ernest Hemingway &Quot;In Our Time&Quot;

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The world contains many different groups of people, obviously. These groups divide the world into class, race, gender, age, and so on. But even with all these different physical descriptions of people, people can form into three main groups. This concept did not come clear until I read Ernest Hemingway’s “The Battler” in his collection of short stories In Our Time. In this story, Hemingway uses three main characters to explain who exactly those three main groups of people are. According to Hemingway, people occur as either crazy, sensible, or out of place with each role played by Adolph Francis, Bugs, and Nick Adams, respectively. With his subtle use of simple words and phrasing, Hemingway allows for each character to make the reader realize that each represents one of the main groups of people. Hemingway uses the character Adolph Francis to portray the crazy people in the world. Now, when Hemingway introduces Ad into the story, he is seen as a normal person. His only noticeable flaw thus far is his physical deformity. Hemingway goes on about Ad’s deformities showing that he has a sunken nose, slit eyes, queer shaped lips, and only one ear. All in all, this Ad character shows how he immediately does not exactly give a normal first impression. What I find most interesting comes straight from Ad’s voice he tells Nick, “I’m crazy” (56). These two words intrigued me, left me wondering what Hemingway was going to get at with Ad proclaiming himself crazy. Why did Hemingway choose to have Ad give himself a tag, rather than let the reader find this out for him or herself as the story goes on? As the story continues the reader does find that he actually becomes crazy, confirming Ad’s self-tag. With this one character, the reader realizes that Hemingway could be describing one of the three main types of people in this world: crazy. The crazy people in the world compare very

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