Words In Ernestingway's Cat In The Rain By Ernest Hemingway

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The words an author uses in his or her writing are the portal to understanding the story and its meaning. The fewer the words, the more the reader has to infer about the aspects of the story. In much of Ernest Hemingway’s writing, words are scarce and, therefore, much more valuable. His inclusion of minute details, like describing the world around him and what he sees, adds vital information to the story. In order for the reader to better comprehend the story, Hemingway introduces the reader to various animals in his writings. The importance of the animals and what they represent in Hemingway’s writing make up for the lack of details of his minimalist writing style. The kitten in the short story Cat in the Rain represents the American woman’s desires. Throughout the story, the reader readily concludes that the marriage between George, the husband, and his wife, whose name is not given, is not a healthy relationship. Moreover, if one did not pick up on the corrupt nature of the marriage, the weather indicates a dark and gloomy mood, as it is raining. A small kitten protected by the top of a table catches the eye of the American wife, who exclaims numerous times that she “wants a kitty”. When George fails to acknowledge her desires, she insists that “It’s not any fun to be a poor kitty out in the rain” (Hemingway ##). While the woman is talking about the kitten, on the surface, she is also referring to herself. The cat in the rain is the perfect representation of the

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