Hemingway, Ernest. "Fifty Grand".
- Jack, a boxer, prepares himself for a difficult fight
- he suffers from insomnia, drinks to excess in order to fall asleep
- attempts to train, but his attempts are miserable, so instead of training he lies in the bed
- misses his wife and children, feels sorry for losing so much due to boxing
- he bets fifty grand on his losing the fight
- a detailed description of the fight
- his competitor, Walcott, hits him under the stomach
- Jack fouls Walcott in the same place where he was hit himself
- Walcott is declared the winner, but Jack seems to be content
- the language of the dialogues is adapted to the boxing setting
- the first person narrator is not the central character
- theme: vulnerability of a man (and possibly of masculinity)
- conclusion: though seemingly a loser, Jack gets as much as he only can out of his unavoidable defeat
AuthorHemingway, Ernest. (1899 - 1961).
Full Title"Fifty Grand".
First PublishedIn: The Atlantic Monthly. Boston: 1937.
Hemingway, Ernest. "Fifty Grand". (1937). In: The Collected Stories. London: The Random House, 1995.