Essay On Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway was a great American author whom started his career humbly in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the ripe, young age of seventeen. Once the United States joined World War One, Hemingway deemed it fit to join a volunteer ambulance service. During this time Hemingway was wounded, and decorated by the Italian Government for his noble deeds. Once he completely recovered, he made his way back to the United States. Upon his arrival he became a reporter for the American and Canadian newspapers and was sent abroad to cover significant events. For example, he was sent to Europe to cover the Greek revolution. During his early adulthood, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris. This is known as the time in his life in which he describes in two of his novels; A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises the latter of the two being his first work. Hemingway was able to use his experiences of serving in the front during the war and his experience of being with other expatriates after the war to shape both of these novels. He was able to successful write these novels due to his past experience with working for newspapers. His experience with the newspaper seemed to be far more beneficial than just supplying him with an income, with the reporting experience under his belt he also was able to construct another novel that allowed him to sufficiently describe his experiences reporting during the Civil War; For Whom the Bell Tolls. Arguably his most tremendous short novel was a about an old fisherman’s journey and the long, lonely struggle with a fish and the sea with his victory being in defeat.
Hemingway showed a distinct liking to illustrate soldiers, bullfighters, basically any character that is co...

... middle of paper ... no meaning, leaving them with the feeling of emptiness. Perhaps they fill this emptiness with their constant drinking and other erratic-partying behavior. Although it is never stated, it is quite obvious that these characters seem lost, as if they don’t know what to do with their lives anymore. Hence why they are constantly on the go and are consistently drinking, and carousing. Perhaps this is how all other soldiers and individuals that were directly affected by the war felt. There lost sight of their former selves and realize that life isn’t what it used to be. Maybe they are living to forget, Hemingway seems to have left this hidden message up to interpretation. This is one of the many reasons why Hemingway is considered to be one of the greats. Leaving a theme up to interpretation allows the reader to feel even more connected with the book and the characters.

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