In "A Day's Wait" by Hemingway, what are some literary elements?

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Ernest Hemingway uses internal conflict in the short story "A Day's Wait." He also employs a first person narrator by having the Papa tell the story surrounding his young son's illness. Papa sees how sick his son is, sends him to bed, and has the doctor stop in to examine the boy. In Papa's conversation with the doctor he finds out that his boy has a minor flu with a temperature around 102 degrees. The boy overhears this conversation and believes he is going to die due to a mix-up in his understanding of the thermometer's measurement. The boy lays in his bed listlessly, simply waiting to die, thus creating the internal conflict. Finally, the boy asks his father when he will pass, telling him he heard at school that you cannot live with a temperature as high as his. The father explains,

“You poor Schatz,” I said. “Poor old Schatz. It’s like miles and kilometers. You aren’t going to die. That’s a different thermometer. On that thermometer thirty-seven is normal. On this kind it’s ninety-eight.

Once the internal conflict is resolved, the boy relaxes and begins to feel better.

Hemingway also makes use of strong visual imagery, especially when he is describing his adventures in the ice storm:

...it seemed as if all the bare trees, the bushes, the cut brush and all the grass and the bare ground and been varnished with ice.

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