Below are the two brief writing prompts for each of the Hemingway stories. After you answer the questions for both stories independently of this, pick only one prompt to write about. Before you do, read the section in your text under Critical Thinking and Writing beginning on page 1439. While the prompt choices below deal with the theme (p. 1545) of each story, there are other things you can write about: conflict, setting, tone, character, etc. If you’re not sure how to approach writing about literature, your book is full of examples. The essay should be double spaced and one and 1/2 to two or more pages long (12 font). It must include textual evidence from the story in the form of a quote (or more). Use the MLA method of sourcing for this. If you use 'Indian Camp,' you can use the online source or cite Hemingway's original book, In Our Time. If you use 'Soldier's Home,' you can cite your textbook. You should be acquainted with sourcing methods from English 101. There are many free resources online to aid you with sourcing (such as Purdue Owl Lab). If you have any complications notify me (you'll be using in-text referencing increasingly throughout the semester). You will submit the essay to a drop box under Week 4.
Prompt 1: Write a paper discussing how Indian Camp is a ‘coming of age’ tale. Discuss the major conflicts, settings and challenges the protagonist (Nick Adams) must face. What are some giveaways that this takes place nearly 100 years earlier than today? The surface conflicts are the pregnancy and the suicide, the sub textual conflict concerns how Nick approaches this initiation into adulthood. How does Nick deal with the very harsh world his father is faced with? Most importantly, what does the ending suggest about the ‘initiation’ or the resolution of the story’s conflict? You can summarize parts of the story, but make sure to write your own thoughts about it as well. How is this story ‘realistic?’
Prompt 2: Write about what is different from Krebs before he went to war and when he returned in Soldier’s Home. What is disturbing about his psychological state? Write one to two pages discussing how Krebs has adjusted to returning home. Consider the irony of the title Soldier’s Home when juxtaposed with the adage ‘you can’t go home again.’ Also, why is the protagonist described using his last name (or nickname), Krebs? What does this say about him and the subject matter? How is this story ‘realistic?’
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