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Lecture 7

ENG 1120 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Ernest Hemingway, Personal Boundaries, Bullfighting


Department
English
Course Code
ENG 1120
Professor
Breid Mc Ilkenny
Lecture
7

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Cat in the Rain
February 5, 2016
Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961
- Born in a wealthy suburb of Chicago
Father was a physician, mother was a musician
- Was awarded the Italian silver medal for bravery (was in the ambulance corps)
- Snuck Ulysses into the US
- Part of the “Lost Generation”
Mixed with Stein, Fitzgerald, and Ezra Pound
Writing shows a preoccupation with honour
- Became fixated with Bullfighting after a trip to Spain
- Alcoholic, depressed, died by suicide
- Writing style utilised sparseness and economy
Likely due to his career as a journalist
3rd person objective narrator
The “Objective Correlative”: A character feels something emotionally, but may
not be able to articulate that emotion
- Ex. the American woman & the cat
Cat in the Rain 1925
- Hemmingway was married to his first wife at the time & they were living in Paris
- A scene of revelation in disguise as a story of resolution
- Highly inferential, unadorned style
- Many repeated structures (The hotel, the square)
- Repetition without substitution of pronouns
Anaphora
- The wife is never given a name, referred to by numerous epithets
- Both emotional and psychological boundaries
- Concerned with the marital rift between the couple
- Significance of the cat in the story
- The couple is isolated (“They did not know any of the people…”)
- Facing out onto culture & nature, but not among it
View out the window (Public garden, sea, war monument)
- Green table, as an imitation of nature (cat hiding under it)
- Monotony and repetition of the sea, representative of the way the Wife feels
- Wife seems young/immature (says kitty instead of cat)
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