English 11B: Literary Analysis
28 January 2013
“In Another Country” by Ernest Hemingway
In this story the narrator is never named. But it is widely accepted as one of Hemingway’s series of stories featuring nick adams. Nick Adams was a big character as the protagonist. This story was based on Hemingway’s own experiences in a hospital after being wounded in world war 1.
Even though the story begins with relief that the wounded soldiers are out of the war “In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it”. It becomes clear that they are in need of more than physical treatment in order to get rid of the effects of war. Even though the scene is very humble and quiet you start to pick up on that these guys will always live with these war images in there minds. These images can never be fully healed.
To distract the solders from these mental war effects the doctor would sometimes bring pictures of past victims that got healed to bring hope to the solders. “ The doctor went to his office in a back room and brought a photograph which showed a hand that had been withered almost as small as the major's, before it had taken a machine course, and after was a little larger.”
In this story Nick seems to be alone in a foreign country he feels isolated. “The people hated us cause we were officers”. Nick meets up with four other officers and a friendship is born. But you can tell that Nick dose not feel fully excepted.
Another source of discontent for Nick is the hospital. It may have physical machines and doctors but these seem to do nothing for the soldiers. Nick suggests that the physical machines are ineffective, both for him and for the italian major with the withered hand. At the end of the story he barley pays any attention to his treatment instead he stares out the window. Hemingway implies that the treatment is futile.
What Nick and his fellow wounded friends really need is not physical healing but mental and emotional...