Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Old Man at the Bridge by Hemingway- Rajarata University of Sri Lanka- Internal Degree Program-Year -3 Semester-1 23.02.2011

A soldier (who is also the narrator) sees an old man resting on the side of a road near a pontoon bridge. Other civilians are crossing this bridge, but the old man is too tired to proceed any further. The old man tells the soldier that he is a native of San Carlos where he worked as a caretaker of animals. The old man seems more concerned for the safety of his animals than for his own safety. He has some relief in knowing that the cat will be able to fend for itself, and that since he has unlocked the cage, the birds can fly away, but the fate of the other animals is uncertain and the man is distraught by this. The soldier tries to encourage the old man to move a little farther along, for he knows the bridge is likely to be bombed. The old man, however, is simply too exhausted to proceed. The soldier then reflects on the overcast sky, which might prevent the planes from bombing the bridge. In this sense, the soldier seems to be engaging in the same type of wishful thinking as the old ... more

Sources: www.experts123.com/.../what-is-the-main-plot-of-old-man-at-the-bridge.html
D.N. Aloysius-23.02.2011

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