Soldiers not only suffer in the battlefield. Veterans often need long term care owing to the physical
and psychological impacts of war. A good example of this, is the narrator in Ernest Hemingway’s story
“In Another Country” . He tells us not so much about the war itself but the aftermath. About what it has
done to his whole being. Living with its memory, the memory that made him so afraid because of the
damage that it caused him. So damaged, that it scares him too much to even think about going back
into the war. Scared that instead of maybe being much stronger the next time he returns to the
front, he will just be much weaker and may just end up being damaged even more.
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This sad irony somehow discourages the thought that it is
possible to be completely healed. The disappointment was strongly reflected by the Italian major when
he mocks the doctor’s suggestion of becoming a champion once again. “And will I too play football,
captain-doctor?” he said. He mocks the doctor again when he showed him photos taken before and
after treatment of the damaged hand. “A wound?” he asked. “An industrial accident,” the doctor said.
“Very interesting, very interesting,” the major said, and handed it back to the doctor. “You have
confidence?” “No,” said the major. The narrator is very much different from the major. Even though he’s
almost completely broken in and out, he still remains hopeful in a way. He didn’t even seem to realize
the sad irony or reality that maybe he can never be truly healed until he heard the Italian major dispels
the possibility that his hand will recover.
He also talks about his psychological battle, “In the fall the war was always there, but we did not go to it
anymore. It was cold in the fall in Milan and the dark came very early. Then the electric lights came on,
and it was pleasant along the streets looking in the windows. There was much game hanging outside the
shops, and the snow powdered in the fur of foxes and the wind blew their tails. The dear hung stiff and
heavy and empty, and small birds blew in the wind and the wind turned their feathers. It was a cold fall
and the wind came down from the mountains.” He tells us what is going through his mind. Almost
everything he encounters, sees or even feel reminds him of the war. He really is living with it, It’s like the
air that he breathes but instead of giving him life, it poisons...