I chose this scene from the story “Soldier’s Home”, when the main character Krebs confesses to his mother that he can’t pray, because he has no faith. I believe it captures the loss of faith and innocence that is repeated throughout stories such as the first one “On the Quai at Smyrna”, and the second story “Indian Camp”.
Personally I thought the last story “Big Two-Hearted River” was great; I really was able to connect with it, looking back on when my brother, father, mother, and I all would go camping and fishing. It was so relaxing so I can understand why Nick would haul all of his stuff to a specific point on the river to get the memory of his friend Hopkins back. The sarcastic tone in this line is something we see in other stories, but sums up the first part in just a few words.
I chose to go with what I brought up in class about this particular line. While talking about Hemingway’s background of not only himself but his father’s deaths, I thought it was interesting to see this interchange in the story “The Three-Day Blow”, Where Nick was thinking to himself about his ex-girlfriend and hoping that “There was always a way out”, but immediately Hemingway starts off the next paragraph with “Let’s take the guns”. Just something to think about.
“Mr. and Mrs. Elliot” was the only story in which Hemingway discussed the idea of homosexuality. We talked about how it was interesting to see this idea popping up in the 1920s in writing that is considered popular at the time, and I thought to myself why would she marry the man if he was ok with the arrangement?
Ha, sorry when I thought of this one it just made me laugh. Maybe its just because I like to be sarcastic, maybe an a** sometimes, but it captures the height of the man’s attitude, and also, the need…. never mind, I’ll end this one here.
This one was the first one I thought of, and I was thinking how could I sum up this long story into just a few words. I used this line because I feel that at this point, the boy realized that his father was dead, and he wanted to have kept Gilford as something to remember him by, but it’s like the boy realizes at the end of the story, “Seems like when they get started they don’t leave a guy nothing.” Just as we see in “Soldier’s Home” that the war has left Krebs with nothing on the inside.