The Ant and the Grasshoper Essay

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The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio This is a short story by Ernest Hemingway published in his collection of short stories ''The anowa of Kilimanjaro''.The original title was "Give Us a Prescription, Doctor". The story takes place in a hospital run by a convent.Here we meet main characters of this story: a Maxican Gambler named Cayetano who was shot in a small town in Montana, a nun, named Cecilia who aspires to be a saint and prays for everything or anything and a writer named Mr.Frazer who is ill, and constantly listens to the radio.also there are other characters but not so much important.Plot of this story is very simple and if we want to understand what is the idea of this story, what the arthur wanted to tell us by that, than we should observe to the end of this story and also even the original title ''Give Us a Prescription, Doctor'' gives us a hint. This story is full with symbols.... The hospital is the main symbol in Hemingway's story. Wounded by life, the gambler and Mr. Frazier lie in the hospital where the nun works as a nurse. For the man who gambles, his occupation is symbolic of those who hope that chance will affect their lives and alter these "illusions." The nun, who prays constantly and desires to be a saint, pretends that some men are good and some bad. Her religion acts as an"opium" to keep her from participating actively in life. Thus, the illusions the people hold are that which keeps them from despairing in life. For Mr. Frazier, the writer, the radio is his "opium," as is the tequilla that he drinks. At night, he drinks his tequilla and plays the radio "so that you could harly hear it," the story of loneliness, suffering, and endurance that is life. In summary, then, the symbols in Hemingway's "The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio" are as follows: the hospital -life as an injurious illusion gambling - illusionary hope for

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