Cat in the Rain

I denne study guide kan du få hjælp til at analysere novellen "Cat in the Rain" af Ernest Hemingway. Du kan også finde et kort summary af teksten, samt idéer til fortolkning og perspektivering. 

Præsentation af teksten

Titel: “Cat in the Rain” (1925)
Forfatter: Ernest Miller Hemingway
Genre: Short story

Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899 –1961) var en amerikansk forfatter og journalist. Hemingway har vundet adskillige priser for sine værker (inklusiv Nobelprisen i litteratur), og betragtes som en af de mest betydningsfulde amerikanske forfattere i det 20. århundrede. Han er kendt for romaner som The Sun Also Rises (1926) og The Old Man and the Sea (1952), men har også skrevet et stort antal berømte noveller, heriblandt de såkaldte Nick Adams-fortællinger. 

"Cat in the Rain" blev udgivet i 1925, som en del af Hemingways novellesamling In Our Time.

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Title

The title of the short story “Cat in the Rain” by Ernest Hemingway indicates that the text will involve a cat in the rain. However, upon further analysis, readers can understand that the title is also symbolic.

The straightforward meaning of the title is revealed in the story when the main character, the American wife, spots a cat outside her hotel room, sheltering from the rain: “The American wife stood at the window looking out. Outside right under their window a cat was crouched under one of the dripping green tables.” (ll. 11-12). The American woman decides to rescue the cat but is faced with disappointment when she goes outside and cannot find it (ll. 31-32).

Back in her room, the woman starts a conversation with her husband George about the different things she wants:

‘And I want to eat at a table with my own silver and I want candles. And I want it to be spring and I want to brush my hair out in front of a mirror and I want a kitty and I want some new clothes.’ (ll. 66-67)

When George ignores her, the American wife focuses on having a cat: “ ‘Anyway, I want a cat,’ she said, ‘I want a cat. I want a cat now. If I can’t have long hair or any fun, I can have a cat.’ ” (ll. 70-71)

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