Ernest Hemingway has written many books, which have heralded him as a great author, but there is one novel that seems to have questions swirling about it, In Our Time. In this novel the main character is in question, you are unable to tell right away whether the chapters/stories are linked together as a novel, or if they are all separate short stories. Having read the book, and having done a background check on Ernest Hemingway the person, it is apparent that the stories are linked together and have a main character, Nick Adams, that progresses as the novel moves along. The first example is the way the life of the main character, Nick Adam, mimics Hemingway’s own life. There are far too many similarities between Nick Adam’s life and Hemingway’s life. Second, in reading the book, the reader can see the way Nick Adams grows as a person. This is not only because there is a direct link between chapters, but also there is foreshadowing, and there are the same characters used throughout the book.
Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time directly parallels Hemingway’s own life. The chapters are linked together in a way, though they are not linked through Nick Adams, who is the most mentioned character and is described the most in detail. The first section of stories is definitely linked, by the use of the same characters and the development of the characters. In some of the stories there are direct referrals to the previous story. As the reader reaches the middle of the book the connections start to diminish. The characters change, but the stories still follows Hemingway’s own life. It is as if the reader is following Nick, but in an indirect method. Nick is the same person, simply with a different name: such as Kreb, Mr. Elliot, and he. Many of the chapters have the pronoun “he” as opposed to an actual name. Towards the end of the book, the story refers back to the character Nick, and his development. This development again follows Hemingway’s own life, and his healing from such things as being a participant in World War I.
There are many parallels to Hemingway’s life and his main character’s development. First in “Indian Camp” chapter one, we are introduced to Nick Adams and his father. They are on a boat going to an Indian camp to operate on a woman who cannot deliver her baby. The simple connection to Hemingway’s life is that his father was…
…id twenty year old man is the same for Hemingway as he portrayed it in In Our Time, through Nick Adams.
In Our Time shows the progression of Nick Adams, which is apparent through the descriptions given in the chapter. In addition to the arguments that are stated in this paper, there are other opinions such as this. “Hemingway meant there to be a controversy in this book, but you can definitely see a link throughout the book,” said by John DelVecchio, author of many book, such as the 13th Valley. Also a release by the University of Florida, David V. Gagne states, “It’s sort of like a painting, if you could pick out nay one individual brush-stroke, you can view the painting in its entirety”. This merely furthers the adage that there is a connection between stories.
Nick Adams progression runs parallel to Hemingway’s own life. It is quite noticeable to see the progress of Nick Adams and to see how the real is linked to the fictional. Overall there is a limited argument that can be taken to say that the stories are separated, there is just too much information leading to the conclusion saying that stories are linked together.