Saturday, February 16, 2019
The Swede :: Swede Essays
The Swede   The Swede is a major base of conflict in "The Blue Hotel". The external conflicts that he faces are catchd by implied inhering conflicts. The Easterner sums up the cause of the Swedes internal conflicts when he says, "...this man has been reading dime novels, and he thinks hes right out in the marrow of it-the shootin and stabbin and all."(103) The Swede is frightened of e realone because in his mind, he is in constant danger. He is described as "shaky and quick-eyed"(97) in the beginning. Instead of talking to the old(a) farmer, he stares at everyone and makes "furtive estimates of each man in the room."(98) This internal conflict between the real world and the one in the novels cause the first external conflict between insurrectionist and the Swede. The Swede is very frightened and believes that everyone is going to kill him. "He shivered and turned white intimately the corners of his mouth."(100) The Swede was so frightened that he went upstairs to pack his bags and leave. Scully indirectly caused the changes to the Swede. Scully was trying to calm the Swede down by offering him a drink of whiskey. Once the Swede had the intoxicantic beverage in him, he became a totally different person. Instead of leaving, he went back downstairs for supper. knot describes the change to his father when he says, "...he was scared, but now hes too fresh." The alcohol caused the Swede to become loud, arrogant and cocky. This time when an argument breaks out at the card table, he is more than ready to fight. After beating Johnny in a fist fight, the Swede leaves the hotel and goes into town. The new found braggadocio caused by the alcohol and the fight is what causes the Swede to lose his life to the Gambler. til now though this story was written about the Old West, the theme that alcohol can change people is still very true today.