Indian Camp | Analytical Essay | Ernest Hemmingway

Ernest Hemmingway's fictional short story ''Indian Camp'' written in 1921 is a story about the relationship between father and son and the transition from childhood to adulthood.

The story begins with Nick, Uncle George and his father being on a rowing boat on their way to an Indian camp to help a young Indian woman in labour give birth. Nick's father, who is a doctor, ends up carrying out a caesarean.

The whole situation with the Indian woman giving birth to this child causes so much pain not only to her but also her husband, so when Nick's father pulls back the blanket from his face, they discover that he committed suicide.

The story ends with Uncle George staying behind with the Indians and Nick and his father sailing back to the mainland alone.

When Nick’s father chooses to bring Nick along on his journey to the Indian camp to help the pregnant woman in labour he does not do it without reason.

The father wants to teach Nick about his work and about life in general, but from a child’s point of view it may be overwhelming to suddenly face the realities of it all, hence why Nick is choosing to look away when his father has to carry out a caesarian although he persistently tries to make Nick look several times. (p. 14, ll. 41-42) (p. 15, l. 3)

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