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Analysis of Ernest Hemingway’s Indian Camp

Ernest Hemingway was born in the quiet town of Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, on July 21, the year of 1899. His father was a physician, and Ernest was the second of six children born to Dr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Hemingway. In the year 1921 Ernest Hemingway wrote the short story Indian Camp.

Ernest Hemingway has a very special way of writing. He writes most often in short sentences and with few adjectives. His way of writing allows the reader to think more about what his stories are about and what the meaning with his story is. Indian Camp is a great example of this. Ernest Hemingway said in his early writing career:

“I love reading a book that dazzles me over and over again.”

I think this quote shows us how Ernest Hemingway writes. And in the short history Indian Camp, there are also aspects that challenge the reader, and makes the reader think about it over and over again. Indian Camp is a story that takes place near a beach in media res. The meaning of media res is that is throws the reader directly into the actions of the story without any explanations. The main character in the story is a boy called Nick, and then there is his father and uncle. Mainly, we are interested in these three characters but also an Indian women and a male Indian.

Nick is sweet kid that doesn’t know that much about life. He is likely pretty young and at the beginning of the story he sticks to his father. Nick does not know what it means to be born or to die. But Nick's father who is doctor, take him to a camp where a pregnant woman has gone into labor. It's not just Nick and his father who goes to camp, Nicks uncle George is already in the camp when they arrive.

Uncle George is handing out cigars (page 2 line 3) to the Indians and then he helps Nick's father and the woman to give birth. During the giving birth the Indian woman bites Uncle Georges arm. (page 3 line 34) After the woman has...
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