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Hemingway's "In Another Country"


A textbook's look at Ernest Hemingway and his short story, "In Another Country"

A textbook's look at Ernest Hemingway and his short story, "In Another Country"

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  • 1. Hemingway’s “In Another Country” English 11
  • 2. About World War I
    • World War I was a nineteenth-century war fought with twentieth-century weapons; the military tactics lagged behind the capabilities of the weaponry.
    • As a result, casualties were staggering and the wounds extraordinary and appalling.
    • Although some soldiers came home with psychological wounds and others with illnesses, some were simply ripped apart.
  • 3. About World War I
    • It has been estimated that more than 12 percent of all injured soldiers suffered from facial wounds. Perhaps a third of these unfortunate men were permanently disfigured.
    • Polite society sometimes shunned them. Much of the support the hundreds of decorated veterans received was from their fellow victims.
  • 4. About World War I
    • Attempting to dignify their experience, they bonded together to form mutual-aid societies.
  • 5. Hemingway’s experience
    • Parts of this story describe experiences much like Hemingway’s own as a Red Cross volunteer during World War I. He didn’t take part in the fighting; he was an ambulance driver.
    • During one run he was hit by several fragments from a mortar shell and wounded. For this he received medals and glowing citations.
  • 6. About the story
    • True to Hemingway’s style, this story of a soldier in a World War I military hospital describes a time, but does not create and then resolve a single conflict .
    • The narrator, an American serving as an officer in the Italian army during World War I, recuperates after a serious injury to his leg.
  • 7. About the story
    • He befriends other wounded soldiers, but once they decide his medals were awarded because he is an American while theirs were won for acts of valor and self-sacrifice, he feels isolated from them.
    • The narrator is “in another country” both physically and emotionally. It is a place where he feels no connection to anyone else.
  • 8. As You Read
    • Read the story (pp. 809-814)
    • Write a double-entry diary, asking 5 questions of the text
    • Tie the questions to specific points – no generalizing the whole story.
    • Be prepared to share your questions with others – so make them legitimate.
  • 9. Citation
    • Information from:
      • Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, the American Experience (Teacher’s Edition) . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. 806.