Hemingway refers to past events in his life in his writings. For example, in Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway is referring to his service in World War I, and his relationship with his girlfriend that rejects his marriage proposal (Ball). The object of his affection was the young nurse Agnes von Kurowsky, who later rebuffed his offer of marriage. Seven and a half years his senior, she dismissed him as the "kid," a teenager too immature to match her twenty-seven years (V. Hemingway). In Hills Like White Elephants, Hemingway is referring to the relationship with his first wife, Hadley Richardson (Ball). In 1921, Hemingway marries Richardson (Ball). In this same year, the couple decides to move from America to Paris, France (Ball). Two years later, Richardson becomes pregnant (Ball). Due to the fact that there are more preferable doctors in America, the couple is forced to move back to America at the time that Hemingway is becoming well-known for his writings (Ball). Hemingway’s writing career is put on hold for a while (Ball). In 1924, the couple moves back to Paris (Ball). Around the same time that Hills Like White Elephants is written, the couple gets a divorce (Ball). Three years after a baby postpones Hemingway’s care...
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