Analysis Of `` Our Time `` By Ernest Hemingway Essay

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In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway delves into the true cost of war on the individual. World War One, also known as The Great War, is one of the biggest wars in the modern history. Generations of young men were exposed to the horrors of warfare without being aware of the cost it would have on them. The war took a sense of innocence not only from these soldiers but also from the world.
“The strange thing was, he said, how they screamed every night at midnight. I don’t know why they screamed at that time”(11). The story On the Quai at Smyrna introduces the sheer horror of war. The narrator exposes the chilling reality by describing the screams. The screams of the prisoners show a sliver of the fear and pain that many people felt during the war. The narrator’s attention to the screams is also very telling. He makes a conscious observation that they happen “every night at midnight”. The narrator not only mentally records the exact time the prisoners start screaming but he also ponders why they scream at that time. The source and presentation of their pain and fear has become somewhat of a mystery to him, a mystery that would mark him for the rest of his life. However, the screams we not even the worst part.
“The worst, he said, were the women with the dead babies”(11). Babies and young children are often seen as innocent and pure, therefore, the dead babies symbolize the death of innocence in this particular story. Furthermore it represents the death of the narrator’s innocence.…

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