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The Inspirations of Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway like many utilized his past experiences to develop his own thoughts concerning death relationships and lies He then mixed these ideas along with familiar settings to create his works One such example written early in Hemingways career is the short story Indian Camp A brief summary reveals that the main character a young boy by the name of Nick travels across a lake to an Indian village While at the village Nick observes his father who is a doctor deliver a baby to an Indian by cesarean section As the story continues Nicks father discovers that the father of the newborn has committed suicide Soon afterward Nick and his father engage in a discussion about death which brings the story to an end In evaluating these scenes the reader can quite easily discern the meaning of the story in relation to Hemingways life The characters of Nick and his father reflect the relationship between Hemingway and his own father Hemingway grew up in a Oak Park a middle class suburb under the watchful eye of his parents Ed and Grace Hemingway Ed hemingway was a doctor who occasionally took his son along on professional visits across Waloon Lake to the Ojibway Indians during summer vacations Waldhorn 7 These medical trips taken by Ernest and Ed would provide the background information needed for Indian Camp These trips were not the cornerstone of Hemingways relationship with his father but they were an essential part of the whole The two always shared a close father-son bond that Hemingway often portrayed in his writings and Nicks close attachment to his father parallels Hemingways relationship with Ed The growing boy finds in the father in both fiction and life not only a teacher and a guide but also a refuge from the emotional and spiritual unknown In Indian Camp Nick stays in his fathers arms to gain a sense of security and
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