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The short story Indian Camp is a sequel to the other Ernest Hemingway short story Three Shots The ending is both of these stories are significantly different and show a great change in the main character a seven-year-old boy named Nick In the first story Nick still had the mentality of a young boy scared of the dark death and dying so that he had to summon his father for comfort In the second story Nick shows a huge jump from his little boy mentality into manhood The last sentence of the story is In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern of the boat with his father rowing he felt quite sure that he would never die Ernest Hemingways style of writing is very straightforward and doesnt leave the reader much to think about I did like the ending of the story Indian Camp although it could be foreshadowing some horrible even that is to take place in Nicks life It seems that Nick went from one extreme to the other terrified of death to not even believing in his own mortality The story put Nick through a horrific situation which was a woman giving birth but in the harshest of all settings and under extreme pain and two days of labor Being seven and witnessing all this put Nick through a turning point in his life that defined his manhood and shaped him into a stronger person I liked this element of the defining moment in the ending of Hemingways story as it reminded me of other authors who do similar things such as John Steinbeck However we can still see the innocence of Nick shine through in his conversation with his father right before they leave where Nick questions his father about suicide and its relevance to babies When Nick asks his father why the Indian womans husband killed himself his father replies I dont know Nick He
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