Three Shots and Indian Camp

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Devin Westfall
Professor Peter Faziani
English 151
October 15, 2012
Hemingway’s Nick Adams “Three Shots” and “Indian Camp” In Hemingway’s Nick Adams “Three Shots” and “Indian Camp” Nick goes through some changes in his life. He goes from being scared that someday he must die to feeling quite sure that he will never die. In the short story “Three Shots” Nick, his father, and his uncle are camping and Nick remembers with shame how he had gotten scared thinking about how he would die one day when he was alone. His father and uncle go fishing after supper leaving Nick all alone at the camp site. He tried to lay still and go to sleep but he couldn’t all he could think about is that someday he must die it started to make him feel quite sick. “Before they shoved the boat out his father told him that if any emergency came up while they were gone he was to fire three shots with the rifle and they would come right back.” Nick ended up calling his father and uncle by firing three shots up in the air with the rifle his father had left him, this had made his uncle frustrated by thinking that Nick was a coward; his father on the other hand more understands then his uncle. When his father and uncle return his father ask him “what was it Nickie?” He lies and tells his father that he had heard an animal outside the tent he was too ashamed to tell his father the truth. In the short story “Indian Camp” Nick accompanies his father, who is a Doctor, and his uncle to an Indian camp, to help a young Indian women she had been trying to give birth to her child for two days due to complications. Nicks father ends up having to perform a caesarian to recover the women’s child. “Oh, daddy, can’t you give her something to make her stop screaming? Asked nick” Nick becomes frightened by the women’s screams and does not want to watch his father perform the surgery on the Indian women. Nicks father had been told that the baby’s father had...
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