Boys grow up wanting to see and do as their fathers do, without the concept of what they have to endure to get there.

Boys grow up wanting to see and do as their fathers do, without the concept of what they have to endure to get there.

Boys grow up wanting to see and do as their fathers do, without the concept of what they have to endure to get there. World War I (WWI) initiated Ernest Hemingway into manhood at a young age. Hemingway served with an ambulance unit in France and Italy, which introduced him to manhood whether he was ready for it or not. By the age of 26, Hemingway published “Indian Camp” in the book In Our Time, describing the how a boy begins his initiation into manhood. Just like Hemingway’s life, Nick is introduced into manhood with the cold hard facts of our world. The symbolism drawn from the use of names, objects, and Nick’s actions help illustrate the beginning of Nick’s transition into manhood. The characters introduced in the beginning are Nick, his father, Uncle George, and two Indians. The two Indians are mere messengers and guides for Nick’s father, a doctor, and Uncle George who needs to tend to a medical situation in the Indian village. Nick’s father feels that the situation will be the beginning of the introduction into manhood for Nick. Everyone keeps their introduced names until after the baby is born, in which Nick’s father gives Nick a new title, interne. Nick is now not just a doctor’s son, but an interne to a doctor and his father feels his initiation is going as good. Events turn for the worst when the doctor realizes the husband of the pregnant woman is dead. Feeling Nick is not ready for this he asks George to take him out of the shanty. Once His father realizes Nick can see what has happened, he apologizes to his son, but not as his interne, but rather as Nickie, a child like version of his name. In that split second, the reader is led to believe that Nick’s father believes that Nick is still too young and should not have brought his son with him. Because Nick’s father refers to him as Nickie, trying to reverse the initiation, allows Nick to act like a young boy on the trip home by ad…


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