Indian Camp Theme

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Hemingway was a prominent American author and is best known for his intricate stories. He uniquely manages to highlight the trials that Nick faced in ‘Indian Camp’ and the struggle and adversity that Santiago faced in ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. He also displays the different types of stoicism of within the two stories. The themes that I am going to explore in 'Indian Camp' are: suffering and Innocence. The themes that I am going to discuss in 'The Old Man and the Sea' are: suffering and the friendship between Santiago and Manolin. However, I am also going to explore the thematic connections between the two stories. The theme of suffering is explored in 'Indian Camp' in several ways. The first difference is between physical and mental suffering.…show more content…
They are unlikely friends, but their friendship is based around mutual respect and loyalty. ''The old man had taught the boy how to fish and the boy loved him '', this shows that Manolin sees Santiago as a close friend and they're also brought together by their passion for fishing. Later on, Santiago refuses to accept defeat against the marlin because he knows Manolin would be disappointed, this outlines that Santiago sees him as noble and treats him with respect. The genre of Indian camp is about an innocent boy's confrontation with human suffering and how it influences him. The story beings with Nick laying back with his father's arms around, this introduces the mood of the story being peaceful, however the mood quickly changes to being tense when Nick sees the women in labor and the suicide of her husband. Imagery is conveyed in 'Indian Camp by the detailed description of the husband's suicide. The genre of 'The Old Man and the Sea' is about Santiago's quest to finally catch a fish, however, there a lot of obstacles in his way (his age, pain and his dysfunctional left hand). The mood of this story is mainly sympathy towards Santiago (protagonist), because of the emotion and physical pain he endures. Imagery is also used in this story by the strong description of Santiago's physical
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