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A Day's Wait

In the story, the boy has a seemingly cryptic conversation with his father about leaving the sickroom. After a while he said to me, “You don’t have to stay in here with me, Papa, if it bothers...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016, 12:48 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The significance of the title has to do with the word "wait," and what it means, in this context, to wait for something. Waiting is something you do until something else happens. Clearly, that...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2020, 1:32 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Hemingway's "A Day's Wait" centers around Schatz's misunderstanding and the trauma this creates within him. Had his father understood what his son believes, the boy's trauma may have been avoided,...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2016, 1:15 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Literary elements are tools of authorship used in narratives; that is, they are tools for the construction of the plot and characters. In his style of writing, Ernest Hemingway often limits some of...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2017, 4:06 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

A Day's Wait is a short story about a young boy and his father. The character's names are not given, only that the father calls the boy, Schatz, which means darling. It is a touching story about a...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2014, 1:33 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The father senses his son’s fear through his behavior and the words he says toward the end of the story. Schatz is sick with fever. His father calls in the doctor who says that his temperature is...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2018, 6:33 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Certainly, with Hemingway's minimalist style, it is difficult to specifically assess the relationship between father and son in "A Day's Wait." Nevertheless, the reader may infer that the father...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2012, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The little boy nicknamed "Schatz" handles his illness with stoicism. He keeps it a secret that he has overheard the doctor saying that he has a fever of 102 degrees. The reader might guess that the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Hemingway's slice-of-life short story "A Day's Wait" illustrates how psychologically and emotionally devastating a misunderstanding can become. Hopefully, young Schatz learns from his experience to...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2015, 9:08 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Hemingway's "slice of life" story of a boy named Schatz who suffers from a fever one day and experiences a tumult of emotions, demonstrates two themes: The Importance of Single Events Nine-year-old...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2012, 3:25 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

There are two primary characters in Hemingway's "A Day's Wait." Neither of them is actually given a name, but they are father and son. The narrator, the father, is called Papa by his son; the son,...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2019, 2:01 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

In Ernest Hemingway’s story “A Day’s Wait,” Schatz is a sick nine-year-old boy. The doctor that his father summons to their their home takes his temperature and examines him. Noting that he is...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019, 3:16 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Hemingway's "slice of life" short story "A Day's Wait" impresses upon readers the significance of the old adage, "What a difference a day makes." Exposition The father, who narrates, describes how...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016, 2:29 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

A very appropriate and significant title, "A Day's Wait" has both denotative and connotative meanings. As a "slice of life" story, the narrative takes place during a moment of life which should be...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012, 3:45 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The title is significant as the "day's wait" is one Schatz spends alone in agony, believing that he will die. When his father notices that his son appears ill, he feels his forehead and realizes...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016, 9:56 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

There are two kinds of things that Hemingway reveals about the boy Schatz in "A Day's Wait." The first is his relationship with the people in his world. He is trusting because he never questions...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2010, 8:05 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Ernest Hemingway's "A Day's Wait" is narrated from the third-person limited point of view. In this type of point of view, the knowledge of internal states is restricted to the narrator. In this...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Let's start in the middle to answer this question about "A Day's Wait." In the last line the father and narrator says, "The hold over himself relaxed ...." This refers to an earlier passage: 'Your...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2010, 7:35 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

In Ernest Hemingway's story "A Day's Wait," nine-year-old Schatz comes down with the flu. His father (the narrator) calls the doctor, who takes the boy's temperature and notes that it is 102....

Latest answer posted May 16, 2021, 11:40 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

While this short story by Hemingway is a "slice of life" story, there is also a shattering metaphoric significance to the meaning of the title. For the father it is the twenty-four hour period to...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2013, 6:16 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The boy cries easily over things the day after he has had a rather high fever because he has been completely unnerved by his impression that he was going to die. On the day that Schatz comes down...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016, 8:09 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The short story "A Day's Wait" by Ernest Hemingway tells of a serious misunderstanding when a nine-year-old boy develops a fever. His father sends him to bed and calls for a doctor to come visit....

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 3:26 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The short story "A Day's Wait" by Ernest Hemingway tells of a nine-year-old boy whose nickname is Schatz. He becomes ill, and after recognizing that he has a fever, his father sends him to bed. The...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019, 2:58 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Schatz is pale, he shivers, and he has a fever with symptoms of influenza; but because he mistakenly interprets his temperature in Celsius degrees, he believes he is going to die. After a shivering...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2016, 12:06 am (UTC)

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I think that the choice of the pirate book is rooted in a desire to clear Schatz's mind of being under the weather. Pyle's Book of Pirates is a book intended to capture the imagination of...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2012, 1:07 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The doctor diagnosed Schatz with the flu and left him three kinds of medicine. One was to reduce his fever, one was a laxative, and one was to treat an acid condition, which was said to foster an...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019, 1:40 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

In Hemingway's short story "A Long Day's Wait," the mood on the part of the young boy is that of anxiousness. Schatz, a nine year old boy, spends the day lying in bed waiting to die. The doctor has...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018, 5:26 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

"A Day's Wait" is an interesting Hemingway story in that it focuses on the actions and thoughts of a child, something that most Hemingway stories do not do. Also, unlike most Hemingway stories, it...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2015, 3:01 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

In Ernest Hemingway's short story "A Day's Wait," the last paragraph suggests that the boy is very young and must have been under considerable emotional strain from waiting all day to die. The last...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2016, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

One narrative technique employed by the story is the use of a first person objective narrator. This means that the narrator is a participant in the events that take place—he is, in fact, the father...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020, 11:32 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The protagonist is the main character in a story, the one who experiences the conflict of the story and drives it toward its resolution. In Ernest Hemingway's short story “A Day's Wait,” the...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2020, 5:11 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The narrator of the story is Schatz's father. This is important because he has only a limited perspective on things, which is entirely appropriate, as it's the father's lack of understanding of his...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019, 6:18 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The surprise ending of Hemingway's story "A Day's Wait" begins when the sick boy asks his father, "About what time do you think I'm going to die?" The reader has been assuming all along that the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2016, 5:50 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Ernest Hemingway's “A Day's Wait” is about a boy who thinks he is dying. He has really just misunderstood the meaning of his 102 degree fever, but for a full day he lives with the premise that he...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2016, 2:58 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The story is told from the father's point of view. It is first person, so that we are perceiving all of the events through the father's eyes, as if a video camera is mounted on his shoulder. We can...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019, 2:20 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The atmosphere of Ernest Hemingway's story "A Day's Wait" is somber and negative. There is nothing cheerful about this "slice of life" story; it begins negatively and ends somberly. In fact, the...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2016, 8:30 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

As a former journalist, Ernest Hemingway perpetuated his minimalist style in his literary writing, as well. In his short story, "A Day's Wait," Hemingway's sparse style becomes an understatement...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2012, 4:44 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The action in Ernest Hemingway's short story, "A Day's Wait," takes place over the course of one day. In the opening of the story, Schatz (the son) has been running a fever. His father, who remains...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2012, 11:42 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

A further theme one could consider is the inability of so many people to face up to their own mortality. Although Schatz is only a child, there's little doubt that his inability to come to terms...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019, 4:55 pm (UTC)

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The narrator father shows his love for his son in several different ways in Ernest Hemingway's story “A Day's Wait.” First, the father reveals his love through his calm concern over his son's...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2021, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

A shattering, metaphoric significance to the title of Hemingway's short story is the fact that is the wait of the day by the father that has made all the difference in the boy's psyche. For, the...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2012, 5:25 pm (UTC)

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Before I help you analyze some means that are used to create the tension in Ernest Hemingway’s “A Day’s Wait,” I think the term tension should be defined. Typically, tension refers to a strained...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2020, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

At the end of the story, Schatz relaxes and realizes he is not going to die. He starts to cry and worry about small, childish things now that he does not fear death.

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016, 8:54 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The short story "A Day's Wait" by Ernest Hemingway tells of a nine-year-old boy who becomes ill with a fever. His father, the narrator, sends him to bed and calls for the doctor. The doctor informs...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019, 4:22 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

In "A Day's Wait," Schatz's father manages to shoot two of the covey of quail despite the difficulty of shooting while balancing on the ice and the springy brush. He says that he is particularly...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Two short stories that present "a slice of life," Ernest Hemingway's "A Day's Wait" and O. Henry's "After Twenty Years" share many similarities although they differ in a few aspects. Similarities...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2011, 3:15 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

The short story "A Day's Wait" by Ernest Hemingway tells of a nine-year-old boy who develops a fever due to a light flu epidemic that is going around. The boy's father, the narrator of the story,...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019, 12:15 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

In "A Day's Wait," while poor little Schatz lies in bed suffering from a nasty bout of the flu, his father reads to him from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates. This his father's way of taking Schatz's...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2021, 11:12 am (UTC)

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In an explanation to his son, who mistakes his temperature as being measured in degrees Celsius rather than in degrees Fahrenheit, the father draws an analogy of the difference between the two as...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015, 2:12 am (UTC)

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A Day's Wait

Schatz and his father of "A Day's Wait" are both characters who do not communicate well with each other. For one thing, they seem to have problems expressing their feelings; nor do they question...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2013, 7:18 am (UTC)

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