Ernest Hemingway Indian Camp
From a fishing trip the local doctor is summoned to an Indian villageto assist a woman in labour. With him are his young son and an oldermale relative. Although all women helped the pregnant Indian woman,the men “moved off up the road”. They want not to hear her screaming.The men are fed up with it. Maybe it is also an Indian ritual thatonly women are allowed to see the woman being in labour. The Indiansare not interest in the childbirth. Hemingway brought a metaphor in:”dark”. It shows that all is very hard and not allowed to see, thatthere are secrets maybe. So you see that the Indian men distance upfrom the pregnant woman making such big noise. They want silence andthat everything is over now. In opposite to it the doctor, Nick’sfather, says:” But her screams are not important. I don’t hear thembecause they are not important.” It depend on his job. Probably hehears everyday such screams and it is nothing new to him, it is onlythe noise concerning the birth. So he does not care about it. Nickasks his father:” Oh, Daddy cannot you give her something to make herstop screaming?” Of course, the screams are no good and I think, Nickalso cares about her and want that she has no much pain. But heunderstands what his father says and try to ignore it. Nick is alittle boy who does not no how the pain of a labour is, so it isunderstandable.
The physician assesses the situation in the closed, pungent hut anddetermines that his only option is section-with a pen knife andfishing leader as his instruments, and no anaesthesia for the Indianwoman. It is the most primitive way of operation, you see. But theIndian woman has to grateful to have such big help by the …
…e. When hesaw the “throat” that “had been cut from ear to ear” he wants thatNick is going out, but he saw everything. The father was of courseproud to have a baby with his wife, he loved, but the pain and theshame to know that he could not help was definitely to much for him.
It is hard to judge about it, if it was okay to bring Nick with to theIndians. Of course it was a special event in his life. First he sawhow life is born and how fast life is over. So he asked also “Is dyinghard, Daddy?” The reader notice that the boy is thinking about it andwant to get a satisfying answer. In this time being in the hut he sawa lot and I think that Nick needs time to digest it and realize it aswell. The father thought that it was mistake, but maybe for the futureis was not wrong to see the circle of life. And “he felt quite surethat he would never die”.