Ernest Hemingway and Masculinity

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Ernest Hemingway and Masculinity

Ernest Hemingway, viewed as an American hero of his time, wrote novels that enrich the minds' of his readers, creating a lasting image that goes far beyond the actual content of the story. But while reading Hemingway, I learned that his style was far from complex. Through pre-meditated sentence structure, he creates a rhythm that parallels the action in the story. He wants the sentences themselves to be easy to understand, so the reader can use more energy focusing on the symbolism Hemingway's stories create. He skillfully places symbols and metaphors throughout his novels. In his own writing, Hemingway doesn't explain in detail his metaphors. Rather, he forces the reader to discover the deeper meaning hidden in his stories. His use of the "Tip of the Iceberg Theory" leaves the reader searching deeper into Hemingway's writing to find its true meaning. [VGC1]

Once the reader can thoroughly grasp Hemingway's style, he must then learn about Hemingway's past and probable reason for writing these novels to notice their common themes. Hemingway fought and was injured in World War I on the side of the Italians before the United States even entered the war. When the Spanish Revolution broke out in 1937, he became a reporter for an American Newspaper in Spain. He used these two experiences as a basis for two of his novels on For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms[VGC2] (McCaffrey, John p 45.) Throughout both of these novels, he reveals the horror of war to the reader, while still subtly including metaphors and symbols perceiving the loss in masculinity in the common man.

In the novels The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls[VGC3], t...

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Raeburn. (1984). Fame became of him Hemingway as a public writer. Indiana University Press.

The Atlantic Monthly Company. New Jersey. 1999.

Teachers Comments:

[VGC1]Your essay doesn't really do much with this point.

[VGC2]Don't you need to cite a reference for this information about Hemingway?

[VGC3]Italicize rather than underline titles of books.

[VGC4]You need to state how the novel ended to support this statement.

[VGC5]run-on sentence

[VGC6]I guess you have misspelled Hemingway's name throughout this essay.

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