Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon and the Fear of Death in War
Presents Death in the Afternoon as Hemingway’s therapeutic counsel to violent, inexplicable trauma, especially during war, by demonstrating the naturalness, inevitability, and goodness of suffering and death via the tragic bullfight. Argues that the ritualistic nature of the bullring makes unfathomable suffering more tenable and allows for necessary reflection when confronting death.
WLA: War, Literature, and the Arts
Barker, Christopher. “Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon and the Fear of Death in War.” WLA: War, Literature, and the Arts 26 (2014). https://www.wlajournal.com/.