Ernest Hemingway, “Indian Camp” 102-105
Then answer the following questions:
There are three characters which could be considered the protagonist, pick one for the analysis:
The father could also be considered a protagonist, but it would be hard to argue for the theme because of the lack of background information.
Unfortunately, the indian woman giving birth can not reasonably be considered the protagonist because all the other characters dismiss her pain and suffering. This may
be a product of the time the story was written, could be a sign that Hemingway was a misogynist, or just be Hemingway’s push for truth in the telling.
Opening / Exposition:
What is the setting (where is the story taking place)?
Provide a brief description of the following characters:
•The indian woman
•The young indian
What is the incident that describes the problem? What is the conflict the protagonist must face?
What revelation does the protagonist have during the narrative?
How does the problem get resolved?
Considering the plot structure you have just described, what is the theme?
Does the theme represent a truth in life?
An intriguing question:
Why does the father commit suicide? This has been the mystery that has fueled many of the debates over this story.
Here are some clues that point to one interpretation:
•Uncle George comes along but doesn’t seem very useful. He even came in a separate boat.
•Uncle George gives everyone cigars.
•The indian woman bites Uncle George while he and others are holding her down.
•Uncle George leaves after the discover of the father’s suicide.
•Nick’s father says, “He’ll turn up all right,” when Nick asks where Uncle George went.
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