What is the main conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of the story by Ernest Hemingway, "In Another Country"?

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edcon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Because "In Another Country" is a work of Modernism, a movement that eschewed traditional short story structure, the story lacks an exposition, and arguably, a conclusion.  Modernist stories sought to capture the fragmentary nature of life in the recent aftermath of WWI. But, to answer the question:

Main conflict: Injured soldiers have a difficult time coming to terms with their personal losses in a war that had an extremely depersonalizing effect on its veterans.

Rising action: The narrator and the other injured soldiers come to doubt that the physical therapy machines will heal their physical injuries and find the assurances of the doctors that they will be "better than ever" to be hollow.

Climax:  The major erupts, "Don't argue with me!" He removes his withered hand from the physical therapy machine and demands that the attendant turn it off. His outburst is fueled by the conversation about whether a man should marry, because he has just lost his wife.

Falling action: The falling action is found in the major's tragic declaration, "I cannot resign myself," as his final words about his emotional state in the wake of losing his wife (in addition to all else he last lost).

Resolution: Because this is a Modernist story, there isn't really a tidy resolution. Readers are instead left with the disquieting feeling that the men at the Milan clinic will continue to live with their disillusionment and devastation.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You are looking for a basic plot diagram, which enotes does beautifully.  Take a look at the study guide for "In Another Country" for characters, plot, analysis, and other information which will enhance your reading pleasure and comprehension.


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