All good things must come to an end. InHemingway’s “The End of Something”, we are shown that things could end, even ifthe situation presents. Hemingway usesdialogue in a way that readers can easily understand making the story easy tofollow.
“The End of Something” is a story that people who have had a break upcan relate to, even in the modern era. The story could be printed again today,and people would not believe that the original story was published in 1921. WhenNick and Marjorie’s connection ends, the impact affects each other similarly. “TheEnd of Something” is a break up story. However, Nick and Marjorie’s break up isnot the only thing that is concluding.
The story title also signifies the terminationof a prevalent lumbering municipality, Hortons Bay, and the shutting down of asaw mill. From the text, examples are given that Hortons Bay used to be a productivetown that was always active. Nick and Marjorie grew up when Hortons Bay was thriving. However, they can hardly remember what it waslike. Nick and Marjorie are ina relationship and are the main characters of the story.
Marjorie thinks therelationship is going well; however, Nick is ready to terminate it. This is acommon premise in relationships. Most relationships end because someone is not contentwith their significant other, while the other person could be happy. Hemingwayuses dialogue to portray the relationship between them. For instance, whenMarjorie asks a question, Nick replies in short, choppy sentences. In one discussion,Marjorie asks, “What’s the matter?”, Nick responds with, “I don’t know.
“. This illustratesthat Nick is exhausted of her and does not want to be with her to any furtherextent. There are many other cases of Nick being brusque to Marjorie that demonstrationsNick does not want to be with Marjorie anymore. Marjorie, on the other hand, iscommencing a conversation and attempts to talk to Nick on many occurrences;Nick has no response to her and does not keep the conversation going. Despiteeverything, Marjorie is still in love with Nick. However, Nick is not in love with Marjorie anylonger. Nick tells Marjorie that he is not having fun anymore and has lost hopefor their relationship.
Marjorie thenasks Nick, “Isn’t love any fun?” From this statement, we can deduce thatMarjorie is still in love Nick. Shenotices that the relationship is not as exciting for Nick as it used to becausehe is not showing much effort. Relationshipsare successful if each party puts forth effort to make their significant other happy. She had no idea that Nick was going to endthe relationship with her that evening. Whenthe relationship comes to a close, and Marjorie ultimately understands thatNick is breaking up with her, both parties are upset. Marjorie, on the otherhand, appears to cope with the break up better than Nick does. Marjorie choosesto take the boat and abandons Nick there, which he deserves. Through thedialogue it sounds as though Marjorie persists to be strong and does not protest.
However, Nick strives with the departure of her. He conceals his head in ablanket and is very distressed. Then,Bill is introduced. Bill is an attention-grabbing character who plays a bigrole in this story, even though he is hardly in it. As soon as Marjorie leaves,Bill seems to just emerge from the woods as if he knew what Nick’s plot was.
Billqueries if Nick is okay and Nick responds “Oh, go away, Bill! Go away fora while.” Many people question if Bill is perchance a male companion forNick.Male camaraderie is used recurrentlyby Hemingway. He uses it in this story, evidently, and he also uses it in “The Three-DayBlow” and in “Indian Camp”. Bill plays more of a significant role in “The Three-DayBlow” while allowing Nick to reside with him at his cottage.
Bill offers Nickto stay with him while the storm blows over, even though Nick just showed up. Inthe story “Indian Camp”, Nick and his Dad have a very solid connection. Theyshould have a strong bond bearing in mind they are father and son, however, intheir circumstances it is even stronger. There is also a convincing sense of faithbetween the two and Uncle George as well, although he vanishes at the end ofthe story.
This story could be understoodas an autobiography. When Hemingway was in his twenties, had a relationshipwith a girl named Marjorie who was from an old resort town. Bill Smith was Hemmingway’s best friend. Recognizing this information, readers can supposethat Bill is just a close friend, is logical in this situation. When a guybreaks up with a girl, usually he will tell his friends or ask their opinion ifhe should or should not.
Nick expressed to Bill that he was going to break upwith Marjorie. Bill knew what Nick’s scheme was and came to console Nick onceshe left. This is a good example of male fellowship that Hemingway writes aboutin his stories.An additional motive thatcould have aided in the ending of Nick and Marjorie’s relationship is that Nickno longer felt love for Marjorie. Nick taught Marjorie the entirety of his fishingknowledge and skills. Once Marjorie is a skilled fisherman, Nick recognizesthat he is unusable to her and that Marjorie may be a more proficient fishermanthan he is. Nick could have only been drawn to Marjorie because she needed him.
This is a universal reason why people are attracted to each other. The twospent a great deal of time together while Marjorie was learning to fish, andNick could have been attracted to her because she needed him. Once Marjorie didnot need Nick anymore, he did not feel desired anymore. Men like to be betterthan woman at particular things; Marjorie is now better than Nick at fishingand Nick does not like that.
This createsjealous towards Marjorie because Nick feels that he is not a good fisherman anymorewhen compared to her.Even though Nick broke upwith Marjorie, both were affected equally. Relationships can end unexpectedly,even when things may seem to be doing well. It is vital to encircle oneselfwith friends that will be accessible for comfort when needed. All in all, “TheEnd of Something” is a story that still connects to people in today’s world aswell as other stories composed by Hemingway.