Indian Camp

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Indian Camp With every single experience we go through we grow. We develop opinions based on what we witness through life, and we learn to see the world from different perspectives. What we learn in our upbringing is vital to how we act and think for the rest of our lives. In the short story “Indian Camp” from 1921, writer Ernest Hemmingway shows us, how one single experience can change a little boy’s perception of the world and make him grow. In the beginning of the story we are introduced to Nick, his father and uncle George who arrive to an Indian camp on an Island in Michigan. The Indians in the camp are not very privileged and they live in shanties. Nick, his father and uncle George are lead to a shanty were a young Indian woman is…show more content…
When they first arrive to the island he hands out cigars to some of the Indians (p. 13 l. 3). You could look upon this as simply a polite gesture, but it is a known Indian tradition for the father to hand out cigars when his child is born. You could also assume he has a personal relationship with the mother, based on the way they treat each other (p. 14 l. 34-36). And the fact that he doesn’t come back home with Nick and the father in the end also makes you wonder if he has a reason to stay in the camp. If we believe that Uncle George is the father, it also explains why the Indian husband would kill himself if he knew about it. The text is structured with a suspense curve; there is an introduction, a rising action when the doctor operates, a climax when the baby is born and the Indian man is found dead, and then the action fades and Nick and the father return to where they came from. The story has an open ending in which Nick and his father are rowing away from the island, and Uncle George is some place unknown. In the light of all this, I think, the message of the short story is that everyone, in this case Nick, has to learn many lessons through life, and everyone needs to learn how to deal with life and
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