The Largest Feast May Not Cure Hunger Essay

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The Largest Feast May Not Cure Hunger

Ernest Hemingway discusses the theme of hunger throughout A moveable feast by exploring and describing the different types of hunger that he felt. He aims to explore this theme in the passage where he strolls with Hadley, and they stop to eat at the restaurant Michaud’s. Through repetition and use of unconventional detail and word choice, Hemingway shows that he has more than one type of hunger, and needs to differentiate between them. Hemingway strives to tell that hunger is a feeling that is deep within someone, that changes depending on the situation and varies in intensity and meaning. In order to stress the various types of hunger that he felt, Hemingway uses repetition. He uses this device
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Many people would never imagine that hunger is healthy, yet Hemingway used this to play with the denotative form of the word. In this sentence, he uses an oxymoron of sorts to explore the contrast between literally being hunger and the writer’s hunger that he feels. This type of hunger is therapeutic, and enables him to perceive the art in a clearer and more accurate way. Throughout the novel, Hemingway experiences different hungers that he aims to separate and differentiate. Hemingway feels a form of hunger that he satisfies by going to Michaud’s. However, eating at the restaurant does not only fulfill the simple hunger, it also fulfills his hunger that is the result of needing to work and write. He describes Michaud’s as “an exciting and expensive restaurant” and notes that Michaud’s was the place where James Joyce frequently ate with his family (Hemingway 56). Hemingway idolized and looked up to Joyce; therefore, he was excited to satisfy both of his hungers. He could have chosen anywhere to eat and to have a “truly grand dinner”, yet Michaud’s was the first place that he suggested (Hemingway 56). He mostly described Michaud’s in terms of Joyce and Joyce’s family, instead of describing the décor, any other people he saw, or the food. This shows the importance to the restaurant to Hemingway. He took interest in what he observed Joyce doing, but not much else. In order to get a sense of the atmosphere of Michaud’s in this passage, the

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