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Ernest Hemingway

By: Rebeca Rodriguez

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Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway is known to be very creative for his writing, mostly because of how his writing style is different from other famous writer we all know and love. Although most viewed his work as stylistic innovative, he also embraces a modern realistic world view that influences 20th century literature. Throughout his young life, he loved so many women, but didn’t seem to be committed to a long lasting marriage. During that time, Hemingway had an affair with Pauline Pfeiffer, a wealthy attractive, independent socialite, a woman vastly different from the increasingly domestic Hadley. He married Pauline on May, 10, 1926 and moved in Kansas City on June 1931, where Pauline gave birth to their second son, Patrick. But let’s get right to the part where all of his career and life happened In the first place.

Hemingway wrote an abundant of short stories and poems, but we’ll be talking about three literature works that he wrote. Two short stories, “In Another country” and “A New Kind of War”, and a short novel, “The Killers”, is one of the most read literature throughout the state. It all began when Dr. Clarence Edmonds Hemingway and Grace Hall-Hemingway gave birth to one of six kids, naming him Ernest Miller Hemingway in July 21, 1899. During his years of childhood, he loved to go hunt with his father and admire the nature’s beauty. During 1913 until 1917, Hemingway went to Oakland High School, in Oak Park, Illinois. Even though he attended in a lot of sports, he excelled his English classes and went to journalism. After being a Journalist, he became a novelist.

During World War I, he worked with the Red Cross and helped the injured soldiers to the hospital. This helped Hemingway write one of his famous short stories called, “In Another country”, which he published in June 28, 1928. He wrote about himself being badly injured and had to go to the hospital with other Italian soldiers. He never believed that a simple machine can repair him until he saw Major’s hands and noticed that they were fixed. Hemingway then began to tell him that he would like to get married someday because he doesn’t like the idea of living and dying alone. But Major interrupted him and angrily told him not to do that mistake, because it would be a great loss and pain. Hemingway didn’t understand why he would tell him this until Major explained that his wife died of pneumonia while he was fighting in the war. It was great loss and pain that he went through and he didn’t want Hemingway to go through that kind of situation. But in real life, Hemingway married so many women that it would give Major a heart attack!

For this story, it was more imagine as a film, so explains critic Michael Sam. He also explains how his writing is unique and not extremely descriptive, such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Herman Melville. It even shows how people even made a contest for writers to come up a style for their stories, called, “Bad Hemingway Competition.” So when you read this story, you will imagine being in a movie and watching a motion picture film.

Later on, Hemingway went to fight in the Spanish Civil War. While fighting, he was journalist at the time and met many interesting people when he visited the castle. Hemingway created of another short story called “A New Kind of War”, which is based off who Hemingway was talking to when he visited the hospital. He talked to a soldier named Raven, who has been through so many cruel things. He lost both his eyes, and was badly wounded to his legs till down to his toes. Even though he’s been through a lot, he wishes that he can see everything that is happening. Since Hemingway talked to Raven, he felt that there is a strange war where you learn as much as you are able to believe.

The critique for “A New Kind of War”, by Gale Cengage, mostly explains his creativity throughout his career as a writer. He explains, “This was a writer who had in his time made the English language new changed the rhythms of the way both his own and the next few generations would speak and write and think.” He goes on about how many people will never forget the writing style Hemingway uses for his short stories and poems. Another critique for “Hemingway’s Spanish Civil War Dispatches,” by William Braasch Watson, digs deeper in Hemingway’s journalism. He explained that he wrote in a journalistic style such as writing in 3rd person, very factual and is objective.

Sometime in the 1920’s, where the laws prohibited alcohol, Hemingway started to write a short novel called “The Killers”. This story talks about a group of men who wanted to kill a man, they all came in a lunchroom to get something to eat but actually came in for another purpose. They tied up the waiter and the cook and decided to wait for their victim to come, but he never showed up. A boy named George untied the cook and the waiter and told the waiter named Nick to go and inform Ole Anderson, the victim, about the killers plan. But when he did, Old Anderson had no reaction at all and didn’t seem to really care. So Nick left and told George that the old man didn’t react and wanted to move away so that he couldn’t hear the old man get killed.

The critique for “The Killers”, by Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet, explains the symbols that Hemingway presents us during his story. For example, Hemingway keeps repeating people looking at the wall, the wall represents no escape. Then there’s other characters moving in and out of the doors indicating that the doors may be lifeless, but can get through that wall. Another critic who critiqued the same story explains that this is a story of Nick Adams coming –of-age through a showing of heroism and his ultimate disillusionment as his courage fairs to make a difference, even though the tall men would scoff at him while calling him a “bright boy”. Like the critique said, “What Sam views as foolishness Hemingway views this as strength.”

But like how every human has to go through something very painful in its life, Hemingway sadly has been notified that his father died. On December 6, he’s been informed that his father has committed suicide, telling him that his father had a genetic disease called hemochromatosis, in which the inability to metabolize iron culminates in mental and physical deterioration. Not only that but Hemingway didn’t have happy marriage’s and got married and divorced three times in his life, that is until he met women named Martha Gellhorn. He fell in love with her and married her on November 21, 1940. Hemingway has written up to fifty stories and poems in his entire life. Even though we discussed only three short stories about him, we know that his writing is something special and that no other writer has ever done.

Hemingway then traveled around and did one of his favorite activities, which was hunting with his favorite riffle. He sadly was diagnosed of the same disease his father had and suicide himself with his favorite shot gun. Hemingway died at the age of sixty. Although his death was tragic, he was one of the greatest writer’s ever known. There is possibly no other American writer in the twentieth century about whom every critic or student has spoken with so absolute a sense of assurance. Many of the older generation of critics have, in fact, abandoned the author for newer horizons, leaving behind a heritage of scholarly disdain. His addiction of hunting since he was kid never left him until he died ,and his experience throughout the war inspired him to write and publish all of his literature. This is why his writing gives the youth and people of the 20th century, a worldwide view of important literature.


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