Date

1973

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

James R. Frakes

Abstract

My thesis involves a close reading of Hemingway's "The Capital of the World" as a microcosm of his work. Shedon Grebstein offers this theory in his essay "Hemingway's Dark and Bloody Capital"; however, his emphasis is upon thematic echoes and symbolic implications pertinent to the nineteen thirties. This paper examines in some detail the more prominent themes revealed in the story: illusion versus reality, the religious interpretation, and the initiation and "threshold" encounters.

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