Aspects Of Initiation In Hemingway?s Short Fiction

Aspects Of Initiation In Hemingway?s Short Fiction

1. Introduction

2. What is a `story of initiation?

2.1 Origins of the term

2.2 Theoretic approaches to the initiation-theme in literature

2.2.1 Views on the characteristics of stories of initiation

2.2.2 The aspect of movement in stories of initiation

2.2.3 The aspect of effect in stories of initiation

3. Analysis of Hemingway?s short fiction

3.1 Childhood: “Indian Camp”

3.2 Adolescence: “The Battler”

3.3 Maturity: “Fathers and Sons”

4. Conclusion


“A typical Nick Adams story
is [one] of an initiation […].”
(Young, 96)

1. Introduction
This paper will be concerned with the question whether – and if so, why – Hemingway?s Nick Adams stories can be regarded as stories of initiation. As the above citation shows, the possibility of reading Hemingway?s short fiction as stories of initiation is supported in literary theory. There are, however, some controversies on this topic, which can be seen in the essay “What is an Initiation Story” by Mordecai Marcus (1976), for example.
The following report will deal with three selected short stories by Ernest Hemingway focussing on the protagonist Nick Adams, namely ,,Indian Camp”, ,,The Battler” and ,,Fathers and Sons”. These stories have been selected due to the fact that they give a representative overlook on different chapters of life of the protagonist, which are childhood,

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