Interpretive Argument- The End Of Something

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Interpretive Argument: The End of Something Ernest Hemingway's string of events featured in "The End of Something" focuses primarily on the relationship between Nick Adams and girlfriend, Marjorie. There are some facets of "The End of Something" which may be easily seen as foreshadowing. They are most commonly found when investigating the opposition of Nick's fear of commitment and Marjorie's unreciprocated love. I will describe those events of the story which are easily predictable and those which may not be so obvious. The story begins with two people, alone on a quiet afternoon, fishing in a lake. After discovering each other's true personalities and the clashes that ensue from their differences, "The End of Something" fatefully ends with the final separation of Nick and Marjorie. In the opening paragraph, we can almost smell the lumber. Vivid imagery cascades through the senses - the smell of moist pine and damp spring air. However, the descriptions of scenery are added in by Hemingway to suggest detriment in the future of our two lovers, Nick and Marjorie. Therein lies a message in Hemingway's descriptions when he writes, "Then one year there were no more logs to make lumber….. All the piles of lumber were carried away." The tall schooners headed back out to sea after the fortune of a few prosperous times, carrying away years of Hortons Bay tradition under a tight canvas. Also, the fact that "Ten years later there was nothing of the mill except the broken white limestone" may suggest predictable broken emotions between Nick and Marjorie. The most prevalent symbol in "The End of Something" is the destroyed lumber mill, which represents Nick and Marjorie's soon-to-be destroyed relationship. As they row past the mill, Marjorie remarks that it reminds her of a castle. Nick says nothing to this. Hemingway feels it unnecessary to explain Marjorie's

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