Modernism and Tradition in Ernest Hemingway's Life. -Book. Pages (58-59) A Very Short Story'
By: Sara R.
Modernism and Tradition in Ernest Hemingway ‘s
“In our Time” – A Very Short Story by Hemingway
- The first Nick stories are built on timeless themes and storylines
A very short story is a description of an unnamed soldier who falls in love with a nurse while hospitalized in Italy .
- Hemingway decided to include it in he context of ‘In our Time’
- Its thematic resonance with Nick’s development is beyond dispute
- The unnamed ex-soldier ‘s love affair seemed to have been a particular version of a ‘separate peace’ in the midst of war for he is crushed when he received a letter from Luz after his return to the United States
- She writes that theirs had only been an affair not true love
- Luz remained in Italy and she gets dumped in a passage that mocks her own naviete. The story ends with the protagonist contracting ghonorrhea with a shop assistant.
- Sexual dimensions of the story- Hemingway and Kurowski had sex in his hospital bed
- The sex in the story is a fictional recreation
- Hemingway’s narrator tell us what he does not what he thinks and his response to Luz’s rejection remains ambiguous
- The young man’s sexual encounter could have been prompted by a misguided attempt to assuage his loneliness and his hurt to find a replacement for Luz or to seek sexual relief.