Death in the Afternoon (Final Version)

“I found the greatest difficulty, aside from knowing truly what you really felt, rather than what you were supposed to feel, and have been taught to feel, was to put down what really happened in action; what the actual things were which produced the emotion that you experienced” (Online Anthology 726).

I feel that this is Hemingway speaking directly. Many actually say that Taylor Swift is very similar to him because they both write about their experiences and love lives. I forgot which of his wives this was about, but I want to say Pauline was involved. In any case, my original point is that Hemingway did write about his own experiences. A Farewell to Arms‘ Catherine was inspired by Nurse Agnes von Kurowsky. She was the nurse that attended to Hemingway when he was injured in the Great War, and their love story also ended on a different, but still tragic note. From this, we can automatically assume it was normal for Hemingway to write about his own thoughts, whether it be about writing itself or the tragedies of life.


“From observation I would say that people may possibly be divided into two general groups; those who, to use one of the terms of the jargon of psychology, identify themselves with, that is, place themselves in the position of, animals, and those who identify themselves with human beings…. those people who identify themselves with animals, that is, the almost professional lovers of dogs, and other beasts, are capable of greater cruelty to human beings than those who do not identify themselves readily with animals.” (725).

I do agree with this. Recently I have noticed on social media that people often are hating other people more and loving animals much more. I remember that when the Cincinnati Zoo killed their silverback gorilla, Harambe, many talked about how they had wished the child had died rather than the gorilla himself. There is actually a parody song (link to video here) someone made about this incident, and even expressing how much they wish the mom of the child had died rather than the gorilla.


“… death is not a comic, and gives a temporary dignity to the most comic characters, although this dignity passes once death has occurred…” (728).

In many movies, especially horror, the usual trope is for the comical or funny character to be the first to die. The moment he/she dies, the movie begins to gain seriousness. This is not because of a lack of a comical character but rather because that last moment of dignity that character gets, is the serious tone that is usually set for the rest of the movie/story. The other characters usually begin to acknowledge their environment as a threat.

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Death in the Afternoon (Manuscript Version)

“I believe after patience and observation too, although this may not be correct, but those people who identify themselves with animals, i.e the most ‘professional’ lovers of dogs etc. are capable of greater cruelty to human being than those who do not identify themselves so closely readily with animals” (Manuscript 4).

I have quoted the same quote I did earlier but from the manuscript, in order to compare and contrast the edits. I believe this version is more hesitant than the final. The “although this may not be correct part” segment indicates his initial hesitancy in making such a bold claim toward a certain type of people. The quotations around “‘professsional'” also indicate his initial hesitancy. So it’s interesting to analyze why and how he corrected all those small details to establish a more solid position.

“(put in description…)” (Manuscript 6).

These little outside marks were also interesting to me because they were his side notes on revising his work and how exactly he felt he could improve them. Sometimes his ideas required a more pictures description while others just required a couple words to get the readers’ brain whirling.

“although this dignity comes once death has occurred” (Manuscript 6).

This is also a part I wanted to compare from the final version. This segment was added in in pen. Perhaps this was added to increase sentimentality toward the horse or the comic character.


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