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Ernest Hemingway: Do The Writings Mirror The Man?

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Ernest Miller Hemingway was one of the most memorable and astonishing writers of the 20th century. Hemingway wrote many short stories and many classic novels such as "Hills like White Elephants", "The Sun also Rises", "The Old Man and the Sea" and "Farewell to Arms." For many, it is hard to tell the myth from the man. Was he really a drunken womanizer or was he portraying that in some of his writings? Could Hemingway have been a hopeless romantic, or just one of the best writers that left such ambiguity we will never know?One thing that is a fact is the interesting and disturbing childhood Hemingway was subjected to. His mother, Grace Hall Hemingway, was a dreamer who was resentful for having to give up her dreams of singing and living a lavish lifestyle in order to raise children. She disliked the dirty diapers and cleaning that came with motherhood, she felt it was just not fit for a lady like herself. Grace Hemingway always had control over the household and everyone in it, including Hemingway's father, Dr. Clarence Hemingway.Dr. Clarence Hemingway was a man of great morale; he invented surgical forceps for which he would not accept money, for the sheer factor that one should not profit from something important for the good of mankind. He was strict; censoring the books Hemingway could read and forbidding Hemingway's sister to dance ballet, for dancing together lead to "hell and damnation".When Hemingway was a child his mother dressed him in girl's dresses and completely humiliated him. His mother was also never satisfied with Hemingway. He relentlessly tried to please her and he still always felt like a failure. Later in his life when he became successful, his mother would not even praise him, she was jealous that her son lived his dream. "The Sun also Rises", in which Hemingway used some profanity, would go on to win the Nobel Prize, and Hemingway's mother was outraged at her son and embarrassed. She overlooked the great writing that won him the Nobel Prize, and she only saw profanity and filth, not an award-winning novel.Hemingway also seemed to have held his mother partly responsible for his father's 1928 suicide. Many people believe it was due to the constant stress and dissatisfaction he felt from his wife amongst other things, and it eventually lead to the execution of himself. Suicide was common in the Hemingway family, it was always lurking in the shadows, and one day it consumed Ernest Hemingway as well.Due to the push and shove relationship Hemingway had with his mother and his first love deceiving him in his eyes. It may have helped shape and influence Hemingway into the "pig" and womanizer some remembered him by. Did the man, Ernest Hemingway become the myth, or was the myth of Hemingway always the man?When Hemingway was a child he was not looked upon as wicked and sexist, he cherished his writing, sharing stories with children who would listen and dreamed of the sea, stars and mountains, and was considered warm and caring. He was...

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