Ernest Hemingway Influence

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Ernest Hemingway is today known as one of the most influential American authors of the 20th century. This man, with immense repute in the worlds of not only literature, but also in sportsmanship, has cast a shadow of control and impact over the works and lifestyles of enumerable modern authors and journalists. To deny his clear mastery over the English language would be a malign comparable to that of discrediting Orwell or Faulkner. The influence of the enigma that is Ernest Hemingway will continue to be shown in works emulating his punctual, blunt writing style for years to come. Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21st, 1899 to his parents, Clarence and Grace Hemingway. His family was wealthy, and would eventually move to a much bigger house with a music studio and a medical office to accommodate their occupational needs. His relationship with his mother was rocky at best, and he complained of her persistence in making him play the cello. In a book written by his sister, she reported that Grace had been obsessed with having twin girls, and had gone as far to dress young Ernest in girl’s clothing and call him “Ernestine”. This went on until he was six years old, and may explain his continuous focus on appearing masculine later in life. His relationship with his mother would set the tone for his future interactions women. He was brought up a man’s man, his father teaching him to hunt, camp, and fish from the very young age of four years old. These summer retreats would take place at his family’s summer home on Lake Walloon in Michigan. Spending much of his time outdoors as a boy instilled in him a great affinity for nature and sporting. At Oak Park and River Forest High School, he was very involved in sports and did w... ... middle of paper ... ... an Italian officer. They would never meet again. This made Hemingway very insecure, and would be detrimental to the way he would handle relationships in the future. He would go on to develop a habit of abandonment of his wives. In September of 1919, after returning to his home and readjusting to his old life, he went on a fishing and camping trip with friends to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The trip inspired the short story, Big Two-Hearted River, in which his somewhat biographical character, Nick Adams made a return to his favorite fishing grounds after coming home from the war. Nick found that the area had been through some sort of fire, and the scorched trees and blackened insects represented Hemingway’s feelings that nothing was the same. A place which had once been so familiar and positive in his eyes was transmogriphied into a province of melancholy and woe.
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