Hemingway's Nada. The philosophy of Hemingway's litterature and how he views Nada

Topics: Sexual intercourse, Ernest Hemingway, Religion Pages: 4 (631 words) Published: January 10, 1996
In 'The light of the world' written by Ernest Hemingway

Steve Ketchel, a boxer

symbolizes a Jesus figure for a woman called Alice. Alice, a 350

pound, unpleasant prostitute struggles with her current life. Her

central being focuses at the belief that she had a sexual

relationship with Steve Ketchel. This wishful illusion arises

from a complex she has because of her ugly and unpleasant

appearance. Nick Adams, the main Hemingway character, believes

that Alice, although she has really given up her life, still has

the chance to change and live a happy life. Steven K. Hoffman

would call this belief Alice has 'nada'.

Nada is a term used in Hemingways story 'A clean well

lighted place'. Steven K. Hoffman interpreted the word in an

Essay he wrote. The word nada translated to English, basically

means 'nothing'. But further it means much more than the simple

word nothing.

Nada from the point of Alice's view means that there is nothing

behind of her belief. That means that her life is not based on a

concrete belief. She does not believe in any religion; her

religion is Ketchel. That arises from her place in society. In

society she is ranked very low. A prostitute has nothing to say

in our society. And since she is that low she cant set her goals

higher. Her goals could be the goals Jesus talks about. Her goal

in life was and still is to sleep with more and more guys. Back

to nada it means that she has nothing; nothing to believe in and

nothing to live for.

Alice lives in an illusion. It seems that she suppresses the

fact that she is a fat prostitute. How much lower can you get?

She suppresses her problems with her dreams and illusions. The

most important belief is that she had a sexual relationship with

Ketchel. That is her main belief. For a normal American, Jesus

would the most important belief. Ketchel gives her the strength

to withstand her complexes. Ketchel in other words...
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