Ernest Hemingway has written many books, which have heralded him as a great author, but there is one novel that seems to have questions swirling about it, In Our Time. In this novel the main character is in question, you are unable to tell right away whether the chapters/stories are linked together as a novel, or if they are all separate short stories. Having read the book, and having done a background check on Ernest Hemingway the person, it is apparent that the stories are linked together and have a main character, Nick Adams, that progresses as the novel moves along. The first example is the way the life of the main character, Nick Adam, mimics Hemingway’s own life. There are far too many similarities between Nick Adam’s life and Hemingway’s life.
In the two stories, “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and “Soldier’s Home”, by Ernest Hemingway, illustrates many attitudes that express home going and how this affected the main characters. The stories are very ironic and can be read on different levels. The titles of the stories speak a lot for itself and a person may think that the name of the story may be about a good man or a soldier’s life, which they are but it is more than that. In these two stories, the young men had journeys which changed their lives. These two characters are Goodman Brown and Harold Krebs; as well as the authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ernest Hemingway who are similar to these characters, and share similar characteristics.
Hemingway's writing was so highly acclaimed that he was considered the voice of his generation. In relation to his works, what should be noted of his biographical background is a short list of rather important events. Hemingway's whole life, he seemed to be constantly depressed. His father was "a highly principled doctor", and both his parents were very "religious and strict" in his upbringing (Salter).He traveled to Europe and in 1918 where “Hemingway volunteered as a Red Cross ambulance driver to do service on the front lines of World war I” (Akers). When he assisted in the war in Italy, he had been severely injured aiding an injured man (Akers).According to Akers his experiences deeply impacted him and his work greatly.
Writers of literature such as Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) often exemplify philosophical ideas through their works. Hemingway was a critically acclaimed American author who wrote short stories and multiple renowned novels. His self described “ice-berg” method of writing allowed his literature to appear straightforward on the surface, while still providing an extensive depth of connotative meaning underneath his seemingly simple style (Oliver 322). A few of Hemingway’s most popular works center around the theme of an inescapable cycle of life, as well as the harsh reality of the world. He lived an adventurous, unconventional life that was stained by alcoholism and depression; still, he had the unique ability to appeal to an entire generation.
Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Maxwell Perkins Although not a writer himself, Maxwell Evarts Perkins holds an auspicious place in the history of American literature. Perkins served as editor for such well-acclaimed authors as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, Ezra Pound, Ring Lardner, James Jones and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Through his advocacy of these modernist writers, he played an important role in the success of that movement. Perkins association with Thomas Wolfe is perhaps his most famous, but his relationships with Fitzgerald and Hemingway are equally note-worthy. He was, at different times, their editor, friend, creditor and the link between them.
Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger were men who paved their existence through written word, men whose stories defined a generation and inspired millions. While they are world famous authors, it is not a commonly known fact that the lifestyles and traits that are painted into the characters they create are in fact an identical reflection of their own lives. Unfortunately, just as our opinions are formed by our past, these characters are defined by their authors’ personal experiences have obvious biases because of so. When one puts this into perspective when reading Ernest Hemingway’s biography and his short story Soldier’s Home along with J.D.
Furthermore, Ernest Hemingway had a different style of writing than the other authors of his time. "The Sun Also Rises is the book that established Hemingway as a literary force and it introduced the world to the Lost Generation" (5). The Lost Generation is referred to as the “disillusioned that fought in the war”. "Two of the novel's main characters, Lady Brett Ashley and Jake Barnes, typify the Lost Generation" (1). "This book has a lot of thematic issues, but the reader really needs to think to be able to pick up on all of them" (2).
“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).
The Code Heroes of A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls In Ernest Hemingway's fiction, there is something known as the "Hemingway Hero". This term is usually applied to the male protagonist in his works. The Hemingway hero illustrates a variety of traits, ranging from heavy drinking to his role as a leader among the characters with whom he interacts. Traits of this hero also resemble the personal characteristics of Hemingway himself, and the hero usually finds himself in similar predicaments Hemingway faced in his life. Two Hemingway heroes, Robert Jordan from For Whom the Bell Tolls and Frederic Henry from A Farewell to Arms, exhibit the traits established in Hemingway's heroic code.
Ernest Hemingway was a great American author. His stories were written about and through personal experiences. His stories directly reflected on his personal experiences and indirectly reflected on his unhappy childhood and his misfortune with the ladies. He had his own style and own ways of keeping that style up. He was a great man.