The Struggle of Life and War in Ernest Hemingway’s Writing

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Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century. His simple style, lucid depictions, and relatable narratives propelled him into a world of literary fame. These unique attributes are inimitable; Hemingway relates to the reader on a deeper level that even the best imitators cannot achieve. For this and many other reasons, critics praise Hemingway for the indefinable work of an exceptional writer. One of his most well-known novels, A Farewell to Arms, is notorious for its depth into the reality and adversity of war. Hemingway’s personal experiences during World War I are evident in this renowned novel. He uses these tragic familiarities to penetrate the reader’s mind with the grievous effects of war and loss. Hemingway uses vivid word choices, simple sentence structure and coherent dialogue, as well as life experiences, to create universal novels, encompassed in epic love stories filled with symbols and themes hidden within his prose, that illustrate the tragic nature of life during the war. In his acclaimed novel, A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway depicts the story of a soldier in World War I, a vicarious parallel to his own experiences, struggling to find meaning in a world of ruin. Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. One of six siblings, he had four sisters–Ursula, Madelaine, Carol, and Marcelline–and one younger brother, Leicester. His mother, Grace Hall-Hemingway, was an active religious woman and a musician. Hemingway was his mother’s favorite. Grace frequently dressed young Hemingway in girls’ clothing, but Hemingway became annoyed with his mother’s intrusive and controlling nature as he grew older. Hemingway’s father, Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, was a physician w... ... middle of paper ... ...Century Writers. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale Research, 1991. Print. Stallman, Robert W. Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Sharon R. Gunton. Vol. 13, 19. Detroit” Gale Research Company, 1973. 271-272, 212-214. Print. Telgen, Diane, ed. “A Farewell to Arms.” Novels for Students. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1997. Print. Tyler, Lisa. Student Companions to Ernest Hemingway. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2001. Print. Unrue, John C. “Ernest Hemingway.” Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, Part 2. Detroit: Gale 2007. Dictionary of Literature Biography Vol. 330. Literature Resource Center. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. Weeks, Robert P. Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Sharon R. Gunton. Vol. 19. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1973. 214-215. Print. Wyatt, David M. Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Sharon R. Gunton. Vol. 19. Detroit” Gale Research Company, 1973. 223-225. Print.

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