Cat in the Rain, stylistic analysis
Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His distinctive writing style, characterized by economy and understatement, influenced 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure and public image. He produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Many of his works are classics of American literature. It’s a third person narration text. The description is interlaced with descriptive passages and dialogues of the characters. The text is realistic. The story is written in one mood which constantly and directly increases. So, the story begins with the description of the hotel where two Americans stopped: we are first introduced to George and his wife, the latter is referred by as the "American Wife" in the first sentence of the story. George is rarely paying attention to her whenever she demands his care. Hemingway never says anything about the wife loving or liking George, further supporting the idea of him putting some sort of restraint on her. It seems that Hemingway's main contrast in explaining his point is by comparing the wife with the cat. Both are in similar situations where they are kept from being free. One is restrained by the rain while the other one is being restrained by her husband. They both long to be rescued and long to break out of those cages that keep them from enjoying life. The story symbolizes a cat that wants to be free, one that wants to go out and seek the world. Unfortunately, something is holding it back, something out of its control. Hemingway chose this title to reflect how the wife must feel about not being able to control her own life. She is just like the cat in the rain, a radical and passionate being unable to take a chance because society has placed a restraint on her. The story reveals the author's great knowledge of man's inner world. The author makes extensive use of repetitions to render the story more vivid,...
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