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Title

The Elephant in the Writing Room: Sympathy and Weakness in Hemingway’s "Masculine Text," The Garden of Eden

Author

Ryan Hediger

Document Type

Article

Citation

Hediger, Ryan. “The Elephant in the Writing Room: Sympathy and Weakness in Hemingway’s ‘Masculine Text,’ The Garden of Eden.” Hemingway Review 31, no. 1 (Fall 2011): 79-95.

Annotation

Focuses on the function of writing, language, and sympathy through a close analysis of the elephant tale within the larger marriage narrative. Hediger argues that writing is unable to capture the world’s complexity because language, like its users, is “incomplete, fallible, and mortal.” Concludes that in the novel the desire to write and to know another intimately ends in trauma and death.

Published in

Hemingway Review

Volume

31

Issue

1

Date

Fall 2011

Pages

79-95

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