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Fighting tradition : Hemingway’s Nick Adams and shell shock

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dc.contributor.advisor Betjemann, Peter
dc.creator McGrath, Cole P.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-20T13:45:55Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-20T13:45:55Z
dc.date.issued 2007-06-20T13:45:55Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/5525
dc.description Presentation date: 2007-05-29
dc.description Graduation date: 2008
dc.description.abstract In his Nick Adams stories, Ernest Hemingway traces the life of a single man as he moves from boyhood to adolescence to adulthood to fatherhood. From the beginning of Nick Adam’s life, it is clear that he does not fit into the role of the traditional hero. In addition, Nick has difficulty achieving proper masculinity in terms of how it was viewed at the time the stories take place. Instead, the young Nick continually shows himself to be fearful, immature, and timid. These characteristics would have labeled him as susceptible and predisposed to shell shock, a mark of unmanliness, during the early twentieth century. This thesis examines how Nick displays himself as predisposed to shell shock before going to World War I and the tension surrounding why a person becomes shell shocked. The opposing views regarding shell shock at the time Hemingway wrote the Nick Adams stories is evident in the writing itself as the author struggles to decide if Nick is innately flawed or the victim of his environment that does not allow men/heroes to develop. As this thesis concludes, the answer appears to be that Nick is doomed both by a natural weakness of character and a lack of proper male role models who themselves have been "unmanned" by the horrors of modern times. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Hemingway en
dc.subject shell shock en
dc.subject Nick Adams en
dc.subject masculinity en
dc.subject epic en
dc.subject.lcsh Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 -- Criticism and interpretation en
dc.subject.lcsh Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 -- Characters -- Nick Adams en
dc.subject.lcsh Adams, Nick (Fictitious character) en
dc.subject.lcsh Masculinity in literature en
dc.title Fighting tradition : Hemingway’s Nick Adams and shell shock en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.degree.name Master of Arts (M.A.) in English en
dc.degree.level Master's en
dc.degree.discipline Graduate School en
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en
dc.contributor.committeemember Ahearn, Kerry
dc.contributor.committeemember Robinson, David
dc.contributor.committeemember Headrick, Charlotte

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