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hima-20 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2008 at 3:24 AM via web

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What is the relationship between Nick and his father in "Indian Camp"?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 19, 2008 at 3:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Nick admires his father and seems very close to him. At the end of the story, he is crossing the lake back to shore after witnessing a senseless death, caused by Nick's father. His tries to console Nick about the incidents that have just occurred and tries to make it seem like the Indian father was weak in taking his own life. His father tells Nick that dying is "pretty easy". As his father rows, Hemingway writes,"In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he [Nick] would never die." This sentence reinforces the idea that Nick feels his father will steer a sure and steady course and will always know what to do.In his boyish naivete, Nick has not yet realized his father's imperfections or the realities about life and death.

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