In Another Country
What we do and observe everyday determines us as people. Our reactions, and expressions of our thoughts allow those around us to perceive who we are. Ernest Hemingway shows in the short novel In Another Country the various types of lives people lead, and the issues the face day to day. In this piece Hemingway presents his reader with a variety of characters ranging from the optimistic doctor to Signor Maggiore hardened by war and death. Ernest Hemingway’s method of characterization is a simple system, presenting a few of the characters inner thoughts, and their reactions to their everyday occurrences.
One character Hemingway gives insight to early on in the story is the doctor at the hospital who runs the rehabilitation for the injured soldiers. A quote that best exemplifies the doctor’s overall characterization throughout the novel is seen when he is speaking to the main character, “That will all pass. You are a fortunate young man. You will play football again like a champion.”(Hemingway, Ernest, In Another Country, New York: Macmillan publishing, 1974, p. 8) In this excerpt the doctor is telling the main character that his maimed leg will someday be fully rehabilitated. The machines for rehabilitation the doctor operates are mysterious none of the soldiers are sure of the effects they have, but the doctor speaks with great confidence in them. In this quote the doctor expresses his compassion towards the soldiers injuries, and his apologetic nature is also witnessed. He feels such pity for the soldiers that he will seemingly say anything to give them hope reassuring the main character that he will not only play football again, but will play like a
“champion”. The Machines’ positive effects are questioned because they have never been tested, and the doctor tells the soldiers that they are working because he wishes so gravely the he can help them. Saying that he will cure them eve...