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Hemingway's Heartbreak Essay

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Hemingway's personal love experiences with Agnes Von Kurowsky created a huge impact on the way in which he shaped the character of Catherine Bentley in A Farwell to Arms. Although Agnes had different views on their relationship than Hemingway, he was able to portray Agnes’s personality and create a love story that he wished he’d had with Agnes. Earnest Hemingway surely had not forgotten about Agnes, as he kept three love letters from her until the day he died.
Agnes Von Kurowsky was an American nurse from Washington D.C, who Hemingway first met in Milan. Hemingway, who faced a major injury while working as an ambulance driver on the front, first met Agnes at the hospital he attended. Agnes soon became Hemingway’s nurse, and tended to his injuries, thus creating a bond and what seemed to be some sort of relationship. Hemingway became very fond and interested in Agnes: "When Agnes did appear, the entire place seemed to brighten because of her presence" (Hem packet). This was Hemingway’s first real true love—you could say that this was love at first sight. Though their relationship had both ups and downs; Hemingway seemed to care deeply for her. He had hoped for a serious relationship with Agnes, and even considered getting married at one point. However, Agnes did not show the same feelings for Hemingway—she was not in love with him as he was with her. She did not fall for in love with him or even call it true love, but rather just a relationship in which marriage was out of the question. Agnes found Hemingway "interesting" but he was "impulsive, hasty, not to say impetuous"--- this meant that he wasn’t really sure about what he exactly wanted (hem packet). Hemingway was too young and immature for someone like her, and after the war ended, she was scared about what he might “turn into”. According to Agnes, the relationship was nothing beyond a “flirtation”. Age differences started to become a conflict. Agnes did not like the fact that she was about seven years older than he was: “But, I am now & always will be too old, & that’s the truth, & I can’t get away from the fact that you’re just a boy—a kid.” (Agnes- packet). Agnes constantly refers to Hemingway as “Kid” in her letters which tells us that she was not taking the relationship seriously, but instead saw herself as a motherly figure. Although she began to question this complicated and problematic relationship, Hemingway, no doubt had fallen for her—to him, Agnes had no flaws.
During January of 1919, after Hemingway had departed, Agnes decided to end the relationship. "I missed him so much, and it poured all night with thunder and lightning."(Agnes—packet). Even if she did not love him, she still cared for Hemingway and missed him when they were apart. This quote also incorporates the reoccurring theme and symbol of “rain”. Hemingway uses this symbol throughout his novel, A Farewell to Arms, in which he relates “rain” with something bad. This idea of rain being associated with their...

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