All good things must come to an end. InHemingway’s “The End of Something”, we are shown that things could end, even ifthe situation presents. Hemingway usesdialogue in a way that readers can easily understand making the story easy tofollow. “The End of Something” is a story that people who have had a break upcan relate to, even in the modern era. The story could be printed again today,and people would not believe that the original story was published in 1921. WhenNick and Marjorie’s connection ends, the impact affects each other similarly.
“TheEnd of Something” is a break up story. However, Nick and Marjorie’s break up isnot the only thing that is concluding. The story title also signifies the terminationof a prevalent lumbering municipality, Hortons Bay, and the shutting down of asaw mill. From the text, examples are given that Hortons Bay used to be a productivetown that was always active. Nick and Marjorie grew up when Hortons Bay was thriving. However, they can hardly remember what it waslike.
Nick and Marjorie are ina relationship and are the main characters of the story. Marjorie thinks therelationship is going well; however, Nick is ready to terminate it. This is acommon premise in relationships.
Most relationships end because someone is not contentwith their significant other, while the other person could be happy. Hemingwayuses dialogue to portray the relationship between them. For instance, whenMarjorie asks a question, Nick replies in short, choppy sentences. In one discussion,Marjorie asks, “What’s the matter?”, Nick responds with, “I don’t know.”. This illustratesthat Nick is exhausted of her and does not want to be with her to any furtherextent.
There are many other cases of Nick being brusque to Marjorie that demonstrationsNick does not want to be with Marjorie anymore. Marjorie, on the other hand, iscommencing a conversation and attempts to talk to Nick on many occurrences;Nick has no response to her and does not keep the conversation going.