Ernest Hemingway's 'Cat in the Rain'

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Moya, Jon
Enc1102
February 27, 2013
Midterm Essay

The story I will be analyzing is ‘Cat in The Rain’ By Earnest Hemingway. The story tells a story of an American couple staying at a hotel, presumably in Italy because of the mentioning of Italians and the dialogue sometimes having the Italian language. Hemingway uses good imagery to describe the room the couple stayed in. He wrote that it faced the sea, a public garden, and a war monument. He goes on to describe the beauty of the garden and how if there was a good weather, there would always be an artist admiring it and painting it. He then mentions that Italians “come from a long way off” to visit the war monument. He does this probably to show that Italians really respect the monument and what it stands for. It then begins to rain and all the cars were gone around the monument which means that everyone was probably inside. Then story then introduces the American Wife and how she notices a cat trying to stay dry in the rain by sheltering itself under a table. She says that she wants to get the “kitty”. After her husband offers to do it for her, she declines the offer and goes on to do it herself while her husband goes back to reading. She goes downstairs and as she passes the front desk she has small talk in Italian with the hotel owner about the weather. I presume Hemingway made it in Italian to confirm that the setting was indeed in Italy. In this time Hemingway writes about the wife’s feelings towards the owner, saying this “The wife liked him. She liked the deadly serious way he received any complaints. She liked his dignity. She liked the way he wanted to serve her. She liked the way he felt about being a hotel-keeper. She liked his old, heavy face and big hands”. Hemingway used many likes to contrast the hotel-keeper to the Husband. Hemingway makes it a point to have so many “likes” in that section to show that the wife is most likely unhappy with her husband because she’s paying close attention...
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