Essay on The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife

639 Words Dec 19th, 2012 3 Pages
Jake Schmeling
Mr. Schaefer
American studies
Hemingway Paper
“The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife”
“She was a Christian Scientist. Her Bible, her copy of Science and Health and her
Quarterly were on a table beside her bed in the darkened room.” In all Ernest Hemingway’s writing you can read into much more than what appears on the surface because of what English experts call the iceberg principal. In his writing Hemingway only reveals very minimal details to the reader unless they are able to read deeper into his stories. Also in Hemingway’s writing there is a code hero. A code hero is "a man who lives correctly, following the ideals of honor, courage and endurance in a world that is sometimes chaotic, often stressful, and
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This story is just another example of how Hemingway thought women ruined good men. The code hero in this short story is the character Dick Boulton. Dick is the Indian man who calls the doctor out for stealing the wood in the beginning of the story. Throughout the story Dick shows courage and no fear of the Doctor. When the doctor tells Dick to stop he keeps on going and find out who the wood actually belongs to.
‘“If you call me Doc once again, I'll knock your eye teeth down your throat.”
“Oh, no, you won't, Doc.” Dick Boulton looked at the doctor. Dick was a big man.
He knew how big a man he was. He liked to get into fights. He was happy.” This quote shows how Dick remained calm in the face of a threat and showed grace under pressure. It also shows he was a man’s man and love to fight and be tough. Throughout the story you can see a lot of other evidence of how Dick is the code hero of the story. In all of Hemingway’s writing you can see these themes appear over and over again. Throughout the short story of “The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife” the iceberg principal and the usage of a code hero is made obvious for the readers. In the story you can see how Hemingway bashes marriage by using the iceberg principal and how a code hero is shown through the character of

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