The Connection Between Ernest Essay

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Ignorance is bliss. True happiness lies in simplicity. We have all heard these sayings at one point or another in our lives. Apparently, the same held true for Ernest Hemingway,as he appears to have taken them to heart. Ernest Hemingway's perception of that which was beautiful was always that which was simple. And what could possibly be any simpler than nature itself? It lacks the clutter and complexity of men and technology always prattling about and disrupting things. Nature is simple, violent, untamed, and above all, pure. It cannot be contaminated by the wiles of man, for if it were, then it would cease being nature. That is another reason that I believe Hemingway was infatuated with it; ...view middle of the document...

He knew that no matter how hard you fought, the world would always win in the end. But nature was a way out. It wouldn't save you, but it could give you a blessing (or a curse) depending on how you look at it. It makes it so that you do not HAVE to think. Of course you carry on thought processes, but true deep thought is bound, gagged, and tied to a chair. You didn't have to think about your inevitable loss or demise. You could get away from it all, for a short while at least; in essence, running, but not hiding. Also, something that Hemingway used nature to deal with extensively was the ever-present nothing. The nothing is a derivative of the movement known as existentialism that developed after the first world war. Many began to think, after witnessing the scope and horror of World War I, that life truly had no purpse to it. Nature was, for Hemingway and for Nick ("In a Big Two Hearted River") a Clean, Well-Lighted Place (The title of another of Hemingway's lesser known works, pardon the pun). A place where you could get away from it all, where you wouldn't have to THINK about your life. As many philosophers have said, this world is a harsh one. You have happiness or you don't, you have friends and lovers or you don't, you have money or you don't, and for those people who don't, there must be a place where they can seek a false sense of comfort, like a quiet cafe in Spain. You will notice that I said false. Yes, it feels good while you are there, but when you walk out the door, or go back home, as you inevitably must, you face the nothing again. That being said, I think that Hemingway believed that nature is a truth. Well, more of a half-truth. Nature's simplicity allows it to be closer to the truth than one might actually think. In A Farewell to Arms one could always rely on nature for insight into the plot. The rain was always a big indicator of how things were going. If you look, you will see that every single time something extraordinarily bad either happened or was going to happen, it was raining. Some have argued that rain is not a bad symbol in this book. I disagree. Rain was always doing something destructive in AFTA, either knocking the leaves off of trees or creating mud sloughs for people who had to walk outside, or it was lashing at people's faces. Besides, think realistically for a second. Who likes being outside during a storm. I don't. Who would enjoy having rain pelting you and stinging your face all the time? And who could forget the...

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