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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


  • Author

    Hemingway, Ernest. (1899 - 1961).
  • Full Title

    "Fifty Grand".
  • First Published

    In: The Atlantic Monthly. Boston: 1937.
  • Form

    Short story.

Works Cited

Hemingway, Ernest. "Fifty Grand". (1937). In: The Collected Stories. London: The Random House, 1995.


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