This single sentence voiced early in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms by the American protagonist, Lieutenant Frederic Henry, sums up the rather pessimistic and drab tone and mood presented in Hemingway's works, particularly this novel, which also reflects the pessimistic and judgmental mind housed within the author.
For instance, when a reader reads the title The Sun Also Rises, written by Ernest Hemingway, the reader is able to understand that the title of the novel is connected directly to the message that the author is attempting to convey.
Hemingway’s works mirror the accounts and experiences of his life. He sometimes uses various characters in his fictional work that portray his life in different ways. For instance, he uses the character of Nick Adams as the protagonist in most of his work. The character is usually a young man, who discovers that the world is full of violence and pain. Hemingway went to the war as a young man, but his experience during that time taught him many lessons in life, which made him more mature. He became more aware about the cruelty and the brutality of the war, especially when he was wounded. He also uses the experiences of his friends and acquaintances in some of his works, although he presents the work as fiction. He has especially used this in the book, “The Sun also Rises”, although he has changed some of the events in the character’s lives to suit his ideal situation.
Hemingway began writing at an early age. He started experimenting with short stories and poetry while he was young. He had a different style of writing from other modern writers of his time. He worked for the Kansas City Star newspaper, and it was while he was working there, that he began to polish his writing style. When writing for the newspaper, he was expected to follow certain guidelines such as telling interesting stories, using short sentences, starting with short paragraphs, limiting and avoiding adjectives, and avoiding superfluous language (Boon and Loon 12). Hemingway used these principles in his works. His readers like his work because of his simplicity. Hemingway used the iceberg theory when writing. This is seen in the way he omits some of the obvious things when writing. He does not always introduce the subjects, and he avoids repetition. This is clear in the short story, “Hills like White Elephants”. In the story, Hemingway does not explicitly point out that the couple in the story is talking about an abortion. He instead leaves it out for the reader to decide and decipher the meaning of the story. By doing this, he engages the reader, and lets him interpret the meaning of his work.
Hemingway traveled a lot and other then America, he lived in places such as Spain, Cuba, and France. He also traveled to Africa, where he survived two plane crashes. He had different experiences in the places he lived. He lived with the people and shared their experiences and culture. He used the experiences he got from these places when writing his work. For instance, when writing about the bullfights in Spain, he described the events at the Corrida as he saw and felt them. Many artists and writers had failed to achieve this. They had often represented the events based on how they expected to feel, and not on their exact feelings and emotions at the time (Bloom 110). When writing about the bullfights, he chose to mix the experiences he had had watching the bulls, with the art, music and lifestyle of the people in Spain. In the book, “The Sun also Rises”, he wrote about the bullfights, careless living, infidelity, homosexuality, and depression (Boon and Boon 57). He understood the Hispanic culture, and he opened it up to the world through his works. His works are therefore a story of different people and an experience of different cultures.
By analyzing and exploring the literature and biographies of Ernest Hemingway, one will be able to understand the life of Ernest Hemingway and see the major contributions he had to literature.
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Hemingway was born in Illinois in 1899. His mother was a musician, who often sang in the local church and had performances around the town. She usually encouraged her son to sing and participate in the choir, and he stressed him to learn the cello. His father was a physician who loved the outdoors, and he loved to hunt and fish. Hemingway’s mother sometimes dressed him in girl’s clothes (Boon and Boon 9). Despite this, Hemingway began acting like a man at a very early age. Perhaps it was this sort of upbringing, which compelled him to express his masculinity in his works. Ernest developed the love of the outdoors from him. The experiences, lessons and teachings from his parents would later influence his work. He began writing at an early age, and he wrote articles for the school newspaper and magazine. This gave him much needed experience, which he would later use as a journalist. At the age of eighteen, he worked as an ambulance driver for the army in Italy. He came back home after he was wounded badly during the war. He used the experiences he had in the war in some of his writings.
Ernest Hemingway was a man with a unique imagination, which was obsessed with violence, but with that and his fascination for the act of courage in a dangerous situation, it served as a basis for his most memorable books.
That is, he uses characters such as Nick Adams throughout many of his literary works in order to play off of his own strengths as well as weaknesses: Nick, like Hemingway, is perceptive and bright but also insecure.