Indian Camp (1921) – Ernest Hemmingway

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Ernest Hemmingway had a father who was a doctor to. Summary: Nick, his father who is a doctor and his uncle George are heading for an indian camp to help a young woman in labor. The baby is turned up side down and the Dr needs to do a Caesarean. When the baby is born they find out that the father of the baby has commided suicide. Nick and his father turn back without uncle George. Theme: Life and death. Relationships between indians and white people. Interpret: We can assume that uncle George probably is the father of the baby, he hands cigars out (tradition fathers do in america when they have a baby) and the fact that the indian kills him self can also be sign. And when he doesn’t return home with the tow others it also tells us that it could be a sign. The reason why we dont really get to know much about uncle George is because we see everything trough Nick’s eyes. He is a child so he probably does not know anything about this. Perspective: 3 person narrative. But the perspective is from Nick. Outer. Compare: If uncle George is the father then we can compare it to Pochahontas, because Pochahontas fell in love with a white man. And a white man fell in love with an indian. Time: The short story is written in 1921, so we can assume that the story is from that period. First of all they row to the shore, second of all there is only one doctor who is coming to the indian camp to help. Indians living: The indians in that camp are bark peelers, and they make a living of it. All the old women in the camp are helping the woman in labor. All the men have moved away to smoke and relax until the baby arrives. Because of the noice she makes. Nick is very curious and he asks a lot of questions. He must be about 6-7 yeasr old because of all the questions he asks. He is very optimistic and naive. And he is quite sure that he’s never is going to die. Nicks father is

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