"From one church to another": religion and ritual in the fiction of Ernest Hemingway
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This thesis traces the representation of religion and the development and subsequent decline of ritual as a replacement for religion in the lives of Hemingway's fictional characters. The author's own experiences with religion and ritual during his youth as well as various cultural studies of ritual are presented as a basis for the study of religion and ritual in In Our Time, The Sun Also Rises, Death in the Afternoon, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. The rituals of these works evolve from extremely personal rituals, performed in isolation as a way for the character to control and avoid the tragedies they face, in the early works In Our Time and The Sun Also Rises to more communal rituals like the bullfight in Spain in The Sun Also Rises and Death in the Afternoon, and finally to the dismissal of ritual as a viable replacement for religion in the later work For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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Includes bibliographical references (leaves 68-70).
Seals, Laura (2002). "From one church to another": religion and ritual in the fiction of Ernest Hemingway. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from