Ernest Hemingway Stories About Men All people of this world are different in some way or another. This is a fact. No two people are alike, nor do any beings on this earth contain the same exact physical features, but in this, personality traits are shared. Many desire to succeed, to encounter love and emotion, and feed their cravings of hunger, sex, and dignity. That is why man is man. No matter how demeaning or wounded they may be, man craves to come out as the winner. In the A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, A Days Wait, and In Another Country, the author Ernest Hemingway illustrates his characters with troubles of mental and physical behaviors.
In parallel, all these characters share one universal goal; it is to come out of their single situations with dignity and decency. The clean and well-lighted caf in the story, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, presented the old man with a place to go. Common to all beings, man likes to go out to a clean and well-lit place to share a drink with himself, maybe to soak away lifes unfairness or simply to enjoy his successes. The old man in this story showed dignity, “The waiter watched him go down the street, a very old man walking unsteadily but with dignity.”(31) His deafness was not the wound that this man would let him fail in life, but with this gift, he would succeed. The deafness does not seem to bother the old man but more to let him enjoy what he does without anyone else bothering him. The old man was a regular in the caf, “The two waiters inside the caf knew that the old man was a little drunk, and while he was a good client..”(29), indicating that even with his deafness and annoyance to one of the waiters, “I wish he would go home.
He has no regard for those who must work.”(31) the old man was always invited in. The old man likes the caf, not for its brandy but for the light, the people and the waiters, all which whom he cannot hear. A mans destination to go where he must go is sometimes blocked by Mother Nature. In a A Days Wait, Schatz is a boy that is over worried about falling asleep and letting his sickness over take his body and lose his dignity in front of his father. “Why dont you try to go to sleep? Ill wake you up for the medicine.” (35) “Id rather stay awake.
You dont have to stay in here with me Papa, if it bothers you.”(35) The boy is now indirectly telling his father he does not want him to be here with him at all. “No, I mean you dont have to stay if its going to bother you.”(35) The boy is worried about the temperature his papa had written down for him. “His face was very white and there were dark areas under his eyes. He lay still in the bed and seemed very detached from what was going on.”(34) The boy is in a state of mental disorder where as everything in the world means nothing to him and all he wants is to continue to live. “At school in France the boys told me you cant live with forty-four degrees.
Ive got hundred and two.”(36) What was written in the back of the boys room had been haunting him since he found out about his news. Telling his father to leave the room was a way for the boy to let go of his fake dignity and pride and possibly die without losing self-confidence in the eyes of this father. The boy thought that he had a wound that would lead to his death but still showed courage by telling his father to leave the room so the boy could await his death. The protection the boy expresses in the story makes him a man of self-respect and dignity. In Another Country, poses a major whom is letting his dignity and pride show toward Nicholas Adams who is also wounded. The major and Nicholas Adams seem to have a relationship that his clearly a man to boy rapport.
The major is the man, whom holds knowledge but at the same time fear of losing his pride though his wounds of the past. The major shows anger and discomfort towards Nicholas Adams ticking off other things to go on. “He cannot marry. He cannot marry,” he said angrily.(69) The major is acting like a father, but is starting to get frustrated that he has now lost his wife and feels lonely. This is jeopardizing his pride of being a real man.
“I would not be rude. My wife has just died. You must forgive me.”(70) At this point, there is nothing the major can do to completely regain his fearless outer looks, but with express of regret, the major is starting to regain manhood in another sense. Adams who is now starting to understand what a real man is, recognizes that this situation is very difficult for the general with this quote, “Oh-, I am sorry so sorry”(70). The major is a wounded man trying to save himself from the disorder he currently holds.
The frustration and uneasiness expressed towards Adams was a way for the major to regain is manhood that lost when his wife had died. “And then crying, his head up looking at nothing, carrying himself straight and soldierly, with tears on his cheeks and biting his lips, he walked past the machines and out the door.” (70) The major at the end shows his broad soldiers and walks out with dignity. Once a man wounded with frustrations, but now a wounded major with only dignity and respect from others. Ernest Hemingway portrays his characters with wounds of mental and physical disorders but proves them to be deep and conscious people with pride and respect for themselves and others. The old man, Schatz the boy, and the major all were wounded men of difficulties life had threw at them but in the most simple to difficult situations, the men show pride.
The degree of self-respect to others to prove to themselves and their peers that they are truly men, no fear of deafness, no fear of death and no fear of love could set these men into a rage. It is obvious these men have wounds but hard to realize that their nature of man cannot separate the ease of awkwardness. All three are hurt but will continue has the great men they are meant to be.