The Battler

I denne study guide kan du få hjælp til at analysere novellen ”The Battler” af Ernest Hemingway. Udover analysehjælpen får du her et summary af teksten samt inspiration til fortolkning og perspektivering.

Præsentation af teksten

Titel: “The Battler”  (1925)
Forfatter: Ernest Hemingway
Genre: Short story

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) var en amerikansk journalist og forfatter. Han tjente som ambulanceredder i 1. verdenskrig og dækkede siden Den Spanske Borgerkrig og 2. verdenskrig som journalist. Hans krigserfaringer inspirerede mange af hans værker. I 1954 fik han Nobels litteraturpris. Hemingway var især kendt for sin ordknappe, minimalistiske skrivestil, som han lærte i sin tid som journalist. 

Denne novelle blev udgivet i 1925 som del af novellesamlingen In Our Time

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Title

The title of the short story “The Battler” by Ernest Hemingway is a direct reference to one of the characters. Adolph Francis is recognised by Nick as being a former boxing champion: “The little man whom Nick knew by name as a former champion fighter” (ll. 157-158). The man is also referred to several times as a “prizefighter” (l. 127; l. 143). Therefore, the title reflects Adolph Francis’ former profession and identifies him as an important character of the story.

The title can also refer to the climax of the story, when Ad challenges Nick to a fight: “ ‘You won’t get out of it that way. You’re going to take a beating, see? Come on and lead at me’ ” (ll. 184-185). The two prepare to engage in a fight (or battle) until Bugs puts a stop to it.

Furthermore, the title reflects the main theme of the short story: violence. All the characters in the story have experienced and have in turn committed acts of violence that have resulted in physical or emotional damage to themselves and to others. Therefore, the title reflects their struggle and their aggression.

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