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The Life of Ernest Miller Hemingway

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The Life of Ernest Miller Hemingway

There were several writers in the twentieth century, and among them was Ernest Miller Hemingway. Hemingway had a interesting, but strange life. By analyzing and exploring the literature and biographies of Ernest Hemingway, one will be able to understand the life of Ernest Hemingway and see the major contributions he had to literature.

He was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Hemingway was born in the Hemingway family home, which was built by his grandfather Ernest Hall. He was the second child out of six, that were born to Clarence and Grace Hemingway. He had four sisters and one brother. He was named after his mother's father Ernest Hall and his great uncle Miller Hall. The area Ernest grew up in was a very conservative area of Illinois. It was the opposite of Chicago which was liberal. Hemingway was raised with values of strong religion, hard work, physical fitness and self determination. He was taught that if he went by these values in life, he would do good in whatever he did. When he was little, his father taught him to hunt and fish around the Lake Michigan area. Ernest's family had a summer house on a place called Walloon Lake in north Michigan, and the family would spent their summer there. When he was at the summerhouse, Hemingway would fish in the streams that ran into the lake, or take the little row boat on the lake to fish. He would also go squirrel hunting in the woods near the summer house. He liked to be by himself because he could think.

Nature is what inspired Ernest to create some of his greatest works. Even though Ernest liked nature, he often lived in major cities like Chicago, Toronto and Paris, but when he became successful he chose more isolated places to live like Key West, Cuba, or Ketchum, Idaho. Wherever he lived, he made sure he had access to hunting and fishing. When he wasn't hunting or fishing his mother taught him about music. His mother was a singer who once had thought about a professional career, but she chose to settle down with her husband instead. She occupied her time by giving voice and music lessons to local children. Sometimes she gave her own kids lessons. Hemingway never really liked music and he hated choir practices and cello lessons. Even though he didn't like music a lot, it helped him with his first wife, Hadley because she liked the piano.
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...e was a control in his writing that hadn't been evident in a long time. Also in 1960, and moved to Ketchum, Idaho where he and Mary had a house waiting for him with his wife Mary. In the fall of 1960 Ernest flew to Minnesota and was admitted to the Mayo Clinic to see a allenist for treatment of severe depression disguised as high blood pressure. The only therapeutic treatment the Mayo Clinic gave Ernest, was electro shock therapy, and that caused him aphasia and memory loss. Without that he couldn't really write anymore. Hemingway spent the first half of 1961 fighting his depression, paranoia, and biliousness seeing enemies at every turn and telling people he would commit suicide. On July 2, 1961 Hemingway got a gun from a closet in the basement, went upstairs to a spot near the entrance-way of the house and shot himself in the head.

Suicide is what sadly ended the life of Ernest Hemingway, but this was something commn in his family (Baker 114). Several members of the Hemingway family committed suicide. His father, grandfather, sister, and great grand daughter all committed suicide. Even more distant relatives committed suicide too. Carrying the Hemingway name was baleful.