Cat in the Rain
The story under analysis is written by a well-known American writer of XX century Ernest Hemingway. One of his main topics was animals as symbols and we can see this tendency in the title of the story.
Cat in the Rain was written in the 1920’s. It is about an American couple who spends their holidays in a hotel in Italy. It is a rainy day and the American woman sees a cat on the street and she wants to protect it from the raindrops. When she goes out of the hotel and wants to get the cat, it has already gone. As wife returns to the hotel room, she starts a conversation with her husband George and tells him how much she wants to have a cat and a lot other ...view middle of the document...
The cat in the rain is a symbol of a home and cosiness, along with the silver and the candles. Silver and candles create a cozy, romantic atmosphere that is impossible to have at a hotel with a husband refusing to put his book aside. The woman wants it to be spring. Spring is a symbol of warmth, of a new life, just like new clothes for a woman. The war monument is the symbol of the period of time, a reminder of the past. Rain is the symbol of sadness, loneliness. It also puts people in the mood for thinking, looking back on their lives and remembering about their regrets and mistakes.
“And I want to eat at a table with my own silver and I want candles. And I want it to be spring and I want to brush my hair out in front of a mirror and I want a kitty and I want some new clothes”. Here is an example of polysyndeton. The abundant use of conjunctions serves to emphasize rising tense. The speech is made without commas to show it continuity and speaker’s emotions. The author also resorts to parallel constructions here to make the desperation and tense as strong as possible.
Repetition is one of the favourite stylistic devices of Hemingway. Here he applies it to reveal the relationship of the Americam wife to the old hotel owner (she liked ... , she liked...). As the verb “to like” is not used to characterize her relations with husband.
During this story the hotel-keeper is named padrone. This is an example of antonomasia.