Ernest Hemingway: "Isn’t It Pretty to Think So?"
Focuses on Hemingway’s use of irony in In Our Time and The Sun Also Rises. Defining Calvinist humor in terms of the limits of human behavior (the irony of Fallen Man unable to realize his own fallen state), Dunne argues that although Hemingway’s fiction shifts away from religious orthodoxy, his use of the code, especially in his early fiction, serves as a secular substitute in the modern world. Examines “The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife,” “Soldier’s Home,” “My Old Man,” “A Very Short Story,” and “Big Two-Hearted River.”
Calvinist Humor in American Literature