“The source of his material and spring to his imagination was his own life. Issues of intellect, history, myth, and society were beside the point. It is what his eyes say and heart felt that he cured into fiction”(fenton91). Says Charles Fenton about Hemingway. To examine the extent of the masculinity of Hemingway’s themes, one must first get to know what some critics say about t... ... middle of paper ... ...ewhat romantic and sentimental (aronowitz41).
Throughout the Nick Adams and other stories featuring dominant male figures, Ernest Hemingway teases the reader by drawing biographical parallels to his own life. 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. Nick Adams as well as other significant male characters, such as Frederick Henry in A Farewell to Arms and Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises personifies Hemingway in a sequential manner. Initially, the Hemingway character appears to be impressionable, but he evolves into an isolated individual. Hemingway, due to an unusual childhood and possible post traumatic injuries received from battle invariably caused a necessary evolution in his writing shown through his characterization.
After reading Hemingway’s short stories, “Hills like White Elephants”, “Cat in the Room”, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”, and his Novel, “A Farewell to Arms”, It is clear that Hemingway combines his ability to tell a story, and the ironic situations which occur between a man and a woman to prove that men sacrifice their future personal growth because of the manipulation and critique involved with love. Looking at Ernest Hemingway’s life we can see that he was affected emotionally by his relationships as a young man. Hemingway goes through history in various relationships, which all contain problems and continue to not satisfy his desires or needs. This leaves him constantly searching for the ‘right woman.’ As Hemingway gets older in life he writes negativity towards his relationships in and outside of marriage. Hemingway went through four wives and his experiences with them all are reflected in his writing.