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To Have and Have Not Themes & Symbolism

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Significant Topics

For a writer who once said that writing is architecture and not interior decoration, Hemingway's book betrays the haphazard story of its genesis. The many disparities between the three parts are but a sign of a mid-course switch from a hard-boiled and hard-hitting story of the decline of an individual, to an unfocused and watered-down novel about Harry Morgan and society.

Still, enough remains of the initial design to make a major theme of Harry's tragic downfall, played out with an almost classical relentlessness. Like Oedipus Rex, whom we also encounter at the top of his station in life, Harry's efforts to cheat fate are tinged with the premonition of doom. His fall is traced by the subtitles of the book's parts: Spring, Fall, and Winter, the last one a symbol of death. In Spring, Harry suffers only a bite wound; in Fall, he is shot and loses...

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