Nick's Pain in Hemingway's In our Time

Nick's Pain in Hemingway's In our Time
Ernest Hemingway?s stories often deal with the realistic details of a character?s life and the difficulties that they face. His characters are defined by the way that the respond to these life-like challenges. In Our Time is a Hemingway novel composed of short stories. These stories primarily concern a young man named Nick Adams and his life during and after he is involved in World War I. Nick struggles to lead a normal life after he has been exposed to the true brutality of a meaningless world. Nick is scarred physically and emotionally from the war and the effects from it alter his entire life as he struggles to cope with his suffering.
Nick is deeply wounded by what he witnessed in the War.
The evil, heartbreak, and pain that he was exposed to alters his way of being. Nick is broken and will never be fixed. This effects the rest of his life in various ways. The most prominent effect is on his relationships. Nick is unable to relate to other human beings anymore. After being exposed to such wickedness Nick develops the ability to step back and view the world with pessimistic views. He sees no need for human relations because everyone leaves him or dies. He is able to see the pettiness of society and is unable to partake in the shallow way of living that Americans do. Thus, he scorned society and, like Huckleberry Finn, became an outcast who was able to develop his own way of thinking and being. Another cause of his suffering is from a young nurse that he fell in love with in Italy. Soon after he returned to America with the hopes that she would soon follow and that they would marry, she wrote to him that she was involved with the major of the battalion and that ??their [love] had been only a boy and girl affair?(Hemingway 66). As a result, Nick shut down emotionally to women. He lost all faith in love and his optimistic and youthful side was lost.

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