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Nick’s Self-Discovery in Hemingway’s In Our Time

Nick’s Self-Discovery in Hemingway’s In Our Time

The focus of this essay will be to analyze Nick’s transition as he moves from mental isolation, to physical isolation, to maturation and self-discovery.

If Nick’s life were to be chronologically ordered and analyzed, the stories Indian Camp and The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife would definitely come first. It is these two stories that give us the first insight to what kind of character that Nick really is as a child. Because Nick is only mentioned briefly in the latter story, I think that Indian Camp is more significant in analyzing the portrayal of his character. I suppose the one passage that truly gives insight about the innocence (and ignorance) of Nick at the time was “in the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die” (19). I believe that the passage was essentially a reaction to the pregnant woman’s husband’s suicide. Because that was the topic that arose during the story, I believe that Nick interpreted the situation that “death” was equal to “suicide” and, in believing that he would never commit suicide, ultimately believes that he will, thus, never die. Because of the way that his father explained death, Nick’s interpretation of the situation would lead him to believe that he would never die. Thus, this story essentially shows Nick’s youthful innocence.

The next two stories, The End of Something and The Three-Day Blow, become very significant in analyzing Nick’s character is that they essentially show the maturation of thought and philosophy that has taken place since Indian Cam…

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…ficance is that they accurately portray the desensitization to life that is experienced by soldiers.

The last three stories to deal with Nick’s character, Cross Country Snow and Big Two-Hearted River (I and II), essentially portray the aftermath of the war and the toll that it had taken on Nick by changing the way that he both lived and thought. The former depicted Nick’s reluctance to leave his newfound life of adventure that he had begun to experience during the war. Big Two-Hearted River essentially is the story about the way that Nick tries to recapture this freedom of lifestyle and exploration. Their significance is that they represent the final path that Nick has taken in his life. He went from mental isolation, to physical isolation, but, in the process, seemed to have found himself.

Essay on The Holy Bible – The Cruel God of Genesis

The Cruel God of Genesis

This essay will propose and support the thesis that God carries the blame for the expulsion of man from the Garden of Eden and resulting downfall of mankind.

Genesis has always been the cause of heated discussions. The work itself is not all that confusing, but rather the symbolism buried deep within the text is. The opinions of the reader often have a substantial influence on the reader’s interpretation of the text. Because the scripture has played such an important role in the theological beliefs of so many Christians, extremely different interpretations of the text have the potential to create distance between even the closest of friends and even worse, families. To expect that all of mankind would agree on one interpretation is quite foolish. Human nature and our free will limit the possibility that any two people, let alone the entire population of the world, would agree completely with each other on even the simplest issues.

When dealing with the most popular book in the world, these substantial arguments make an unbelievable difference on how people feel about the “good book.” Some interpret the story of the fall as being Adam and Eve’s fault. However, this is not the case. God, the almighty, knew of the events that would transpire leading up to man’s expulsion from paradise. God is truly at fault for mankind’s loss of eternal bliss. He is the one who first tempted us to sin by placing before Adam and Eve the forbidden tree, knowing full and well that human nature would tell them to find the loophole in his rules. The presence of the serpent in the garden is merely coincidental and offers God a scapegoat. Without a doubt, God is the unanimously evident reason for the …

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…loving, creator of the heavens and the earth, destroy one of his own creations? The answer to that question is, to the best of my knowledge, not printed in any book in existence today. It remains a mystery to this world and very well could remain a mystery throughout the existence of life on earth.

With such overwhelming evidence how can one possibly blame anyone, but God for the expulsion of mankind from the Garden of Eden? Only he had the power to do so. The only way he could destroy a creation as divine as Paradise would be to relinquish it of its divinity. He made the mistake of giving man free will, he has sufficient motive for the banishment from Eden, and he is, without a shadow of a doubt, the one at fault for this world that we live in. Humankind is merely an innocent victim of the punishments that come from a cruel God.

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