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Ernest Hemingway: How His Life Impacted 2 Of His Works.

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AbstractThis research paper is designed to show how Ernest Hemingway's life had an impact on the content that he wrote. In the beginning is biographical information about Ernest Hemingway, followed by analyses of two of his major works. Finally, opinions and criticism of different authors with explanations will be followed by a conclusion of the entire paper. The criticisms will only be relevant to the two works mentioned in this paper. A reference page completes this paper. All citations will be listed and expanded in the reference page.IntroductionAnything that occurs in the past has a direct or indirect impact on a person. These experiences in turn affect future actions. This inescapable fact is demonstrated by Ernest Hemingway's life and its effect on his literary works, more specifically, A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Three major experiences--World War I, journalism, and love--seem to have a profound influence on the content of these two books. It is unlikely that he would have been able to produce such poetic stories had he not suffered the hardships that he did.Biographical InformationBorn on July 21, 1899 in suburban Oak Park, IL to Dr. Clarence and Grace Hemingway, Ernest was the second of six children to be raise in the quiet suburban town by his physician father and devout, musical mother. Indeed, Hemingway's childhood pursuits fostered the interests which would blossom into literary material. Although Grace hoped her son would be influenced by her musical interests, young Hemingway preferred accompanying his father on hunting and fishing trips; this love of outdoor adventure would later be reflected in many of Hemingway's stories, particularly those featuring protagonist Nick Adams. Hemingway's aptitude for physical challenge remained with him through high school, where he both played football and boxed. (Griffon, 1987) Because of permanent eye damage contracted from numerous boxing matches, Hemingway was repeatedly rejected from service in World War I. Boxing provided more material for Hemingway's stories, as well as a habit of likening his literary feats to boxing victories. Hemingway also edited his high school newspaper and reported for the Kansas City Star, after adding a year to his age, after graduating from high school in 1917. After this short stint, Hemingway finally was able to participate in World War One, as an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross. (Whiting, 1999) He was wounded on July 8, 1918 on the Italian front near Fossalta di Piave; during his convalescence in Milan he had an affair with nurse Agnes von Kurowsky. Hemingway was given two decorations by the Italian government, and joined the Italian infantry. Fighting on the Italian front inspired the plot of A Farewell to Arms in 1929. Indeed, war itself is a major theme in Hemingway's works. Hemingway would witness first hand the cruelty and stoicism required of soldiers he portrayed in his writing when covering the Greco-Turkish War in 1920...

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