Masculinity in Hemingway

“He pulled back the blanket from the Indian’s head. His hand came away wet. He mounted on the edge of the lower bunk with the lamp in one hand and looked in. The Indian lay with his face towards the wall. His throat had been cut from ear to ear. The blood had flowed down into a pool where the body sagged the bunk. His head rested on his left arm. The open razor lay, edge up, in the blankets” (Hemingway 18).

Hemingway, Ernest. “Indian Camp.” In Our Time. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1925. Print.

This scene portrays the role of masculinity in the novel. The act of suicide by the Indian is a feminine act and that fact that an Indian man did it and a white man, a doctor, found him makes him not as masculine as the white man. Instead of facing his problems, he turned away from them, literally because he was facing the wall, and he killed himself rather than staying through the delivery and raising the child.