What are the ironies in Hemingway's short story "In Another Country"?  

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There's great irony in the opening line of the story: "In the fall the war was always there, but we did not go to it any more." In other words, war and its effects are ever-present for the injured soldiers, even though they're no longer able to participate in the conflict.

The ironic opening line sets the tone for the discrepancy between the heroism and courage that the soldiers displayed in battle, and the way they see themselves as cowardly and inadequate, no longer real men. To other people, the soldiers' wounds and bright, shiny medals exemplify enormous bravery. But the men themselves are not proud of their achievements: quite the opposite. Because of the immense futility and sense of hopelessness they feel, they regard their endeavors on the battlefield as ultimately in vain.

The narrator of Hemingway's "In Another Country " is a wounded American soldier rehabilitating in Milan during World War I. While never named, the soldier is most probably Nick Adams, who was a consistent...

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