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Ernest Hemingway pulled from his past present experiences to develop his own thoughts concerning death relationships and lies He then mixed these ideas along with a familiar setting to create a masterpiece One such masterpiece written early in Hemingways career is the short story Indian Camp Indian Camp was originally published in the collection of in Our Time in 1925 A brief summary reveals that the main character a teenager 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 caesarian section As the story continues Nicks father discovers that the newborns father has committed suicide Soon afterward Nick and his father engage in a discussion about death which brings the story to an end With thought and perception a reader can tell the meaning of the story The charters of Nick and his father resemble the relationship of Hemingway and his fatherHemingway grew up in 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 Walloon Lake to the Ojibway Indians during summer vacations Waldhorn 7 These medical trips taken by Ernest and Ed would provide the background information needed to introduce nick and his father while on their medical trip in Indian Camp These trips were not the center point of affection between Ed and Ernest but they were part of the whole The two always shared a close father-son bond that Hemingway often portrayed in his works 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-guide but also a fixed refuge against the terrors of the emotional and spiritual unknown as they are encountered In his father Ernest had someone
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