Indian Camp

Topics: Family, Native Americans in the United States, Woman Pages: 3 (775 words) Published: February 28, 2011
Indian camp
Ernst Hemingway

This story takes place on an Indian camp in Michigan. An Indian camp is a place where Indians live. One night, Dr. Adams is summoned to help an American Indian woman who has been in painful labor for two days. The doctor takes his young son, Nick, and his brother, George, to the American Indian camp on the other side of a northern Michigan lake. There, the doctor performs impromptu. improvised cesarean with a fishing knife, catgut, and no anesthetic to deliver the baby. Afterward, he discovers that the woman’s husband, who was in the bunk above hers, silently cut his throat during the painful ordeal.

Nick is the doctor’s son and knowing the age of the doctor one can conclude that the son is therefore a child. The text does not say how old he is but in the story he does not sound like his very old because of the kind of questions he asks. In the end of the story he asks his father if all women have such a hard time having babies, and this does not seem like someone that very old and the fact that he does not know what labor is also an important factor.

After the operation and the man who killed himself Nick appeared a bit scared and started asking his father about death and asking if dying is hard. Also along the operation Nick appeared more and more scared of the situation, and therefore he also lost his curiosity like it said in the text: “Nick did not watch. His curiosity had been gone for a long time.”.

As previously stated the son does not seem very old and another thing to support this assumption is the fact that the place he wants to be is somewhere where he can be safe and cuttle with his father, because in the very end where he is rowing away in the boat with his father, the text is saying: ”He felt quite sure that he would never die.”

Nick’s father:
In contrast to Nick, his dad is more discreet and prudent. He is affectionate with his boy, and is very assertive when it is needed. He does not tell...
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