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English 9H5 January 2018″I could sell the house and we could rent until I got some kind of work. What kind of work? No kind of work. I could go down to the bank and squeal now and what would I get? Thanks. Sure. Thanks. One bunch of Cuban bastards cost me my arm shooting at me with a load when they had no need to and another bunch of  U.S. ones took my boat. Now I can give up my home and get thanks. The hell with it, he thought. I got no choice in it”(Hemingway 148).Harry Morgan has had a rough time lately. He only has one arm because of a shootout with law enforcement and money is extremely tight in his family. With his boat taken by the U.S. Coast Guard, he has no source of income, and the Great Depression does not make things any better for his family. In Harry’s eyes, the only option is to resort to illegal activity, going as far as to hide and store a machine gun underneath the engine of his friends boat in the rising action of the novel. In the exposition of the novel, Harry had witnessed a shooting of Cubans who were going to pay him to get them to Key West, and even though Harry had declined, this os where he starts doing illegal activity to generate income for his family. Hemingway uses anecdote to emphasize and illustrate Harry’s situation, why he is there and what had brought him to the situation and condition he is in, especially with his inner conflict with himself which is a motif in the story.”Albert was on the stern cutting baits and Harry was at the wheel warming up the motors when he heard a noise like a motor backfiring. He looked down the street and saw a man come out of the bank. He had a gun in his hand and he came running. … and the bank rose in a long breath-holding shriek and Harry saw the gun muzzle jump-jump-jump-jump and heard the bop-bop-bop-bop, small and hollow sounding in the wail of the siren”(Hemingway 151).The chapter opens up to Harry preparing to go fishing with his friend, Albert. At first, the setting was peaceful, but that soon changed because a bank right across from their dock was robbed by three Cuban men. Being in the Great Depression, this seemed like something that would happen, but a revolution stirring in Cuba seemed like another explanation. Hemingway uses onomatopoeia to emphasize the sound of the gun and just how close it was. If Harry had gone to the bank, which he thought about, he would’ve been killed.  Hemingway also uses repetition to show just how many shots were fired, and as an added point, that machine guns were not common in the Great Depression, as they were heavily regulated. Knowing this, these men had to be Cuban Revolutionists, who were armed and dangerous. “He stepped over Alberts body as he walked forward. As he came to the wheel he looked at the compass. The boy was about twenty-five degrees off and the compass dial was swinging. He’s no sailor, Harry thought. That gives me more time”(Hemingway 159).In the rising action of the novel, the men who robbed the bank thought that Harry was their getaway driver and hopped on the boat threatening to kill him and Albert. When Albert doesn’t immediately jump to help them, the men who is presumably the leader, Roberto, killed Albert and then threatens to kill Harry. Roberto repeatedly threatens to kill Harry but does not because he knows how to drive the boat and is also stopped by his two companions. The men demand that Harry takes them, and he agrees, mostly because they have him at gunpoint and because Harry is coming up with a plan – involving the hidden gun on the boat and the men. Hemingway uses visual imagery to emphasize the setting and how messed up the situation had gotten. Throughout the novel, Hemingway acquires suspense through Harry’s actions. From the exposition, Harry’s actions have been suspenseful and questionable whether it be from taking the Cubans on the boat or from dumping that load with Wesley, Harry has been risking his life, leaving the reader to wonder when and whether he will die or not.”He hung against the steering wheel, then eased himself onto the steering stool, leaning against the chart table. He could feel the strength drain out of him in a steady faint nausea. He opened his shirt with his good hand and felt the hole with the base of the palm of his hand, then fingered it. There was very little bleeding. All inside, he thought. I better lie down and give it a chance to quiet”(Hemingway 173).The gun Harry had stored under the engine was finally going to be put into use. In the climax of the novel, Harry decides to utilize the gun and kill the men. He kills Emilio, the one he was starting to like first, then the two seasick ones and finally Roberto. All this killing seems to have taken a toll on Harry, as he has this feeling of cold and singing that travels from his heart to his stomach and then to his chest. Before Harry can feel relieved, one of the men stirs and a fight ensues with Harry getting shot multiple times. He finally kills the man, but is not doing well himself. This event was foreshadowed, as when Harry was having a conversation with Freddy, the man who owns the boat Harry is on. When they were talking Harry tells Freddy that he will take care of the boat like it is his own, which is ironic because Harry had lost his own boat to the Coast Guard, and Harry ends up killing four men on Freddy’s boat, which is arguably treating it like his own boat, as Harry had a shootout with the Cuban Police and was shot on his boat. “Harry Morgan knew nothing about it when they handed a stretcher down from the pier, and, with two men holding it on the deck of the gray-painted cutter under a floodlight outside the captain’s cabin, two others picked him up from the captain’s bunk and moved unsteadily out to ease him onto the stretcher. He had been unconscious since the early evening and his body sagged the canvas of the stretcher deeply as the four men lifted it up toward the pier”(Hemingway 247).After Harry had been shot several times in the climax of the novel, and did not have the strength to drive the boat back (which would have been impossible since a bullet had punctured the gas tank) all Harry could do was lay down and try to stay and breathe steadily until something happened. Until a tanker had seen the boat drifting Harry had just laid there while his gunshot wound hemorrhaged until the Coast Guard came and rescued him with the Cubans on board. Throughout the book the Cuban people as a whole are considered the antagonists and pests to the Conchs, especially in the rising action, climax and resolution for all that they did. As Marie said when she and Harry went to Havana, “we were walking in the park and a nigger said something to me and Harry and Harry smacked him, and picked up his straw hat that fell off, and sailed it about half a block and a taxi ran over it”(Hemingway 258). Hemingway also uses visual imagery to illustrate the situation to the reader and to enhance their understanding of Harry’s condition. To the Conchs, the Cubans are just a bunch of bad luck nobody wants around, especially since they killed Harry, Albert, Mr. Simmons who is a lawyer and robbed the bank.

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