In Our Time

by: Ernest Hemingway

Suggested Essay Topics

What does the title "Big Two-Hearted River" mean?

How does Italy function in the stories, both as setting and as symbol?

Who is "The Battler"? Why would Hemingway name the story that rather than "The Fighter" or "The Boxer"?

How does the story "On the Quai at Smyrna" introduce some of the themes of In Our Time?

Discuss the theme of love in "The End of Something" and "A Very Short Story."

Why does the American wife have such an affection for the hotel operator in "Cat in the Rain"?

What is "Out of Season" in the short story of that name?


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