In Our Time

In Our Time: Theme

MasculinityKnown for his own masculinity and hard living, Hemingway interjects many of his own experiences into his writing. In Our Time deals with masculinity on several levels. Through the character of Nick Adams, who appears in several stories, readers see a boy growing into manhood, going through war, and returning from war—all the while learning …

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In Our Time: Essays and Questions

1.  Hemingway’s style of writing in In Our Time has been called “Modernist.” In what ways are the language, style, and placement of the stories Modernist?The Modernist period of literature was roughly from World War I until 1965. As a reaction against the intricate, elegant writing that characterized the Victorian period, Modernist literature was often …

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In Our Time: Metaphors

NatureAlthough Hemingway’s spare writing style does not make use of overt metaphors and imagery, he does present nature in a meaningful, metaphorical way, especially in the Nick Adam’s stories. Nature is first and foremost a place of unvarnished truth in In Our Time. In her seasons, Nature exhibits the cycle of life and death that …

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In Our Time: Characters

Doctor AdamsDoctor Adams is Nick’s father. In the two stories in which he appears, readers see Nick looking up to his father for guidance on becoming a man. Doctor Adams, the stories reveal, values being in charge and not being squeamish, but the stories also reveal that he is not a perfect man. Mrs. AdamsMrs. …

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In Our Time: Biography

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on July 21, 1899. His father, Clarence Hemingway, was a doctor, and his mother, Grace Hall Hemingway, taught music lessons. Hemingway had four sisters and one brother; he was the second oldest child. Growing up in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Hemingway was exposed to …

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In Our Time: Chapter 15

Chapter XV, page 143Sam Cardinella, the narrator recounts, was hanged at six o’clock in the morning at the county jail. Other men are slated to be hanged as well. They are all brought out into the yard where the gallows sit, but Sam has to be carried. Priests counsel him to “‘Be a man, my …

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In Our Time: Chapter 13,14

Chapter XIII, page 113The narrator recounts how he and Maera watch their friend Luis, who is drunk, join in a street parade. As the music pauses, he crouches and waits for it to begin again. The narrator tells Luis to come back to the hotel, but Luis tells him “You’re not my father.” The narrator …

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In Our Time: Chapter 11,12

Chapter XI, page 95The crowd at the bull ring throws objects into the ring as they whistle and yell. Below, the wounded bull falls to his knees, and one of the matadors finishes him with a stab. The crowd overflows the barriers, two of them grabbing the main bullfighter and cutting of his pigtail. A …

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