Just a few questions for consideration prior to our discussion on Sunday September 4.
We won't necessarily tie ourselves to the questions during the discussion-- these are just starting points the group can engage if they wish.
- In James A. Michener's introduction, he writes: "Hemingway confessed that he had not treated Dominguin fairly and half-apologized, but the damage had been done. This book stands as an unwarranted attack on Dominguin, who was not as outclassed in that long duel as Hemingway claims". Given this admission, how reliable is Hemingway's representation of the events? Why does he identify more with Antonio Ordonez than Luis Miguel? Does this reveal anything about Hemingway?
- In Chapter 13, Hemingway compares bullfighters to artists: "All the time he is making his work of art he knows that he must keep within the limits of his skill and his knowledge of the animal". Early in chapter 11, he describes Antonio as "making the whole long faena a poem". In what ways does Hemingway's description of bullfighting reveal his artistic process?
- In Chapter 12, Antonio says to Hotch as an alternativa: "Don't think about money.. only think about how great you will be and our pride and confidence in you." Hemingway makes note of several matadors who are primarily motivated by the money. Luis Miguel's monetary motivation, for instance is described as "more than anything it was important to him to believe he was the greatest matador alive" (Chapter 11). Additionally, Hemingway is quick to point out the pay discrepancy between Antonio and Luis Miguel. What is the role of money in the text and how does it define the fighters?