The Butterfly and the Tank by Ernest Hemingway is found in The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War and includes a dual nature. The introduction presents the narrator who will encounter the events of the story: a crime included, immersed in a dual life of censorship at work and Hemingway’s free way at home.
A duality between the rubble of a war and Chicote’s like a tank enduring, between Hemingway tank like and censorship, within a man who thin has a tank like Adam’s apple, among a strong woman and her weak man friend, and across a dignified waiter and his opposed: the victim killed, drives the story.
Booze induced: Hemingway has an alcoholic drink in the morning after the killing and stops in to have a drink on the day of the killing at Chicote’s, a drinking establishment, envisions having gone home to drink, and a particular liquor referenced as at the bar, with everyone drinking, guns are drawn after the crime and the victim butterfly like and dead had a flit gun, a weak gun that sprayed liquid.
The concatenation of events in the torn landscape within Chicote’s as: the murdered sprays a waiter more than once; ‘There is no right,’ claims the waiter repeatedly, and some mechanics leave after Ernest sees the shooting.
The tank is a symbol of the destruction and strength, and the butterfly of the weak and destroyed. The city was destroyed like a butterfly but not weak; Chicote’s was like a tank, strong, but not a symbol of boozy destruction; instead, Chicote’s symbolizes the strength and permanence of the city. It was the manager of Chicote’s that asked Hemingway to write the story and title it thus.