Setting

In this section of the study guide, we will help you deal with the setting of the short story “Three Shots” by Ernest Hemingway.…

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Time and physical setting

The short story was published in 1925. In the story, there is no indication regarding the year when the action takes place. However, as we can relate the text to the short story “Indian Camp”, we can assume that the action takes place somewhere at the beginning of the 1900s. During that time, Native Americans were s…

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Social setting

The social setting explores several issues regarding Nick and his coming of age experience. First, the text explores the contrast between immaturity and maturity. Nick clearly looks up to his father and uncle, but he cannot display the same manliness and courage as them when he is forced to remain alone in the woods. He is frightened and demonstrates that he needs the presence and protection of his father to feel safe.

Then, the story explores the concept of mortality, as experienced by a child. Until hearing a church hymn that describes death, Nick has never been f…

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