Context Camp, By Ernest Hemingway

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Context card:
Subject: In the short story Indian Camp the father of the baby is Uncle George
Audience: Readers of Indian camp
Writing Situation: College literary essay
Thesis:Uncle George is the father of the baby that the Indian woman gave birth to and this led the Indian man to suicide
Tone:Persuasive and objective Indian Camp a short story by Ernest Hemingway that is short and too the point when it comes to the limited narration. The short story can be seen as a story of life and death as shown by the birth of a baby and the suicide if the Indian man. Or is it a story of guilt, racial hatred, and rape? The story never directly says that there was a past relationship between uncle George and the Indian woman. Subtle hints show
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Where did Uncle George go, he seems to vanish after the baby is born? Why did he leave without saying anything. Why did the Indian man kill himself right as the baby was about to be born? The story leaves many questions to be answered, making the readers Interpret the story to their own perspective.

How could Uncle George possibly be the father? This question is very absurd when generalizing what the story is about(life and death). Subtly the narrator and the characters give small hints to how there is a backstory to the events that occur in the short story. All the narrator tells us before the events in the Indian tribe occur is that Nick, Nick’s father, and Uncle George are on a hunting trip and they had to postpone it to help a very sick Indian woman. When Nick, Nick’s father ,and Uncle George go to the tribe George is handing out cigars to some of the men of the tribe. In Native American tradition it would not be uncommon for a soon to be father to hand out cigars to other men of the tribe. Torben Sanglid points out in a response to a question on
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“Hemingway and ‘Papa’: Killing of the Father in the Nick Adams Fiction.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 9, no. 1, 1981, pp. 133–146.

Donaldson, Scott. “Hemingway and Suicide.” The Sewanee Review, vol. 103, no. 2, 1995, pp. 287–295.

Meyers, Jeffrey. “Hemingway 's Primitivism and ‘Indian Camp.’” Twentieth Century Literature, vol. 34, no. 2,
1988, pp. 211–222.

Sangild, Torben "In Ernest Hemingway 's Short Story "Indian Camp", Is Uncle ..." N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov.

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