Hemingway’s Aged Characters as Symbols of Death
Outlines the progression of Hemingway’s fictional portrayal of old age and its relationship to death over his lifetime. Identifies three distinct phases of this evolution: aged minor characters as symbols of death remote from youthful protagonists; aged minor characters as distorted and marginalized, but dignified; and aged characters as central protagonists who actively search for meaningful death. Treats The Sun Also Rises, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” “Old Man at the Bridge,” For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea.
Death in Literature