Hemingway and Symbolism

Hemingway and Symbolism

Ernest Hemingway and Symbolism

Ernest Miller Hemingway is a well-known American author who wrote in the

twentieth century. He has written several novels such as, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom

the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea. The Sun Also Rises was finished on April1, 1926 and was published in October of 1926. The Sun Also Rises was Hemingway's expression of his own life. He had changed the names of his friends and some of the details, but the real identities of the characters were obvious to anyone in Paris. The Sun Also Rises encapsulates the angst of the post-World War I generation, know as the Lost Generation. This poignantly beautiful story of a group of American and English expatriates on a sojourn from Paris to Pamplona represents a dramatic step forward for Hemingway's evolving style. Featuring Left Bank Paris in the 1920's and brutally realistic descriptions of bullfighting in Spain, the story is about the flamboyant Lady Brett Ashley and the hapless Jake Barnes. Ernest Miller Hemingway is an American author who has penned several novels and short stories; one of his works is The Sun Also Rises.

Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Hemingway was raised with the conservative Midwestern values of strong religion, hard work, physical fitness and self determination; if one adhered to these parameters, he was taught, he would be ensured of success in whatever field he chose . As a boy, he was taught by his father to hunt and fish. When he wasn't hunting or fishing his mother taught him the finer points of music. Hemingway never had a knack for music and suffered through choir practices and cello lessons, however the musical knowledge he acquired from his mo...

... middle of paper ...

...ause the baby will ruin both of

their lives. Next is the character of the woman who shows contrast, and supports the

qualities of “the girl”. She is called “the woman” because she is older, and the reader

is to assume, wiser, and experienced. The “girl” talks about “having a fine time” and

“trying new drinks” which shows that she is still young, living a life of ease,

experiencing a lot of things, where as the woman brings these “new drinks” to the girl.

This displays the woman as mature, older, and experienced because she is working

instead of “trying new drinks”, and “having a fine time.” She is no longer yound

leisurely trying new drinks, she is working trying to earn a living. She is an indirect

supportive device of the theme in that she the opposite image of what the girl is. The

woman further defines the symbolic qualities of the girl, in other words.

More about Hemingway and Symbolism

Get Access