Man In The Mirror Essay

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The Man in the Mirror
Hadley Richardson was born into an upper class society in St. Louis. She was the daughter of an alcoholic father who committed suicide and a mother who hated everything about the men. With this history no wonder she was drawn to a man like Hemingway. Hadley was a twenty- eight year old on her way to becoming a spinster when she was introduced to Ernest Hemingway while visiting in Chicago. It started off a love story like no other Hemingway married his first wife Hadley Richardson in Chicago on September 3, 1921. She then lived with Hemingway in Paris supporting him financially and emotionally from the time they wed until their divorce five years later. “There was a lot of hard drinking and fast living during that time, with everyone sort of sleeping with everyone else, and they were really a part of that,” Ms. Barer said. “They were really kind of a golden couple.” (www.observer.com/Julie Barer) In “A Moveable Feast” I get the sense that Hemingway makes Hadley seem like she was a pushover, standing up for herself or showing any reaction when it came to his affair or really anything. He portrayed her as if she had no ambition for life, other than to stand by Ernest. He painted a picture of Hadley as if she was nothing without him, and she continually reminded herself that. Later on towards the end of the book it seems to me he held her on a very high pedestal, regardless of how boring or lame he made her out to be; he really didn’t feel that way about her he loved her. The whole theme of the book is a recurring of his broken heart and that Hadley was the angel and he was the devil of their past relationship. Some may say that this book is fiction, but I don’t think it literally is. It seems more of a impassive approach. All of our memories are fiction, but no one can possibly remember our lives perfectly with every detail or without some sort of judgment clouding the truth.
I don’t know if I would say that this book is a tribute to Hadley, because it is more of a book of memories looking back on Hemingway’s life. But in a sense I do understand why some would think that being she was his muse and he felt so much guilt for what he did to such a wonderful person. In a sense, that this was his way of making things right and getting forgiveness from the world. He needed her to know his side if the story because he thought he already knew hers he needed to make things right for himself. I also think to a certain point Hemingway really did love Hadley. He loved her as much as he was capable of at that time and for as long as he could. Life changes and...

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