Ernest Hemingway – Cat in the Rain
Ernest Hemingway was a very famous American author who managed to publish seven novels, six short story collections, two non-fiction works; Win the Nobel Prize in literature, survive two successive plane crashes and be a part of three wars, before committing suicide at the age of 61 in 1961.
“When less is more”- Ernest Hemingway’s career as an author was based on that phrase. Many, if not all, of his short stories have been written in a minimalistic writing style and Cat in the Rain is no exception.
Throughout the short story, it’s easy to see that the Cat in the Rain is a minimalistic short story. We see a lack of details regarding the characters. We ...view middle of the document...
But the feeling is only momentary, which implies that George doesn’t make her feel important; he makes her feel like the ordinary American wife, thus the universal name “American wife”.
As said before the padrone makes the American wife feel important, and we get to know that she begins to like his gentleman-like behaviour, his dignity, and how he wants to serve her; some qualities George doesn’t have. It actually seems like the American wife doesn’t truly love George, but is only being together with him because they are married.
But the wife is not only referred to as the American wife, she is also referred to as the American girl in the end of the short story, after she has been out looking for the cat. The name-change could imply that their relationship has changed from a wife-husband relationship to a father-daughter relationship but there are other things, which imply that the American wife has become more childish. The fact that she wants to save a cat from the rain is somewhat childish, since the rain doesn’t hurt the cat. She also...