Defending Hemingway’s Henry Adams: The Doctor, the Critics, and the Doctor’s Son
Close reading refuting popular critical opinion that the doctor is cowardly, angry, and defeated. Daiker draws on manuscripts, biography, and Hemingway’s other fiction to show Dr. Adams’s grace under pressure when dealing with Boulton’s bullying and his wife’s criticism. Argues that the doctor’s backing down from an unwinnable fight demonstrates common sense and self-control, the same control displayed with his wife after she schools him on his flawed view of human nature. Concludes that Nick’s preference for his father’s company and their strong emotional bond show the doctor’s setbacks are only temporary.
Middle West Review