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The Masculine Sacrifices Of Feminine Manipulation And Critique

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Ernest Hemingway, an American Novelist writes in ways which “uses a plain, forceful prose style characterized by simple sentences and few adjectives or adverbs. He writes crisp, accurate dialogue and exact descriptions of places and things” (Kramer), to reflect his thoughts and life lessons. Hemingway apart of what is considered the “lost generation” writes a vast amount on the society that exists during the time of the World Wars and how they (the lost generation) struggle in adjusting to the changes of society after the wars. Through this and his personal experiences, Hemingway reveals his own thoughts on women. After reading Hemingway’s short stories, “Hills like White Elephants”, “Cat in the Room”, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”, and his Novel, “A Farewell to Arms”, It is clear that Hemingway combines his ability to tell a story, and the ironic situations which occur between a man and a woman to prove that men sacrifice their future personal growth because of the manipulation and critique involved with love.
Looking at Ernest Hemingway’s life we can see that he was affected emotionally by his relationships as a young man. Hemingway goes through history in various relationships, which all contain problems and continue to not satisfy his desires or needs. This leaves him constantly searching for the ‘right woman.’ As Hemingway gets older in life he writes negativity towards his relationships in and outside of marriage.
Hemingway went through four wives and his experiences with them all are reflected in his writing. Hemingway doesn’t only speak of his personal relationships regarding his feelings of women, but also regards his relationship with his parents. In “The Hemingway Women,” written by Bernice Kert, Kert relays the idea that Hemingway’s theme based on hatred of women is derived from his incapability of switching between husband and suitor. She claims that this is fueled by Hemingway’s belief that his father let his mother take and control his manhood. Hemingway through this and other reasons had a rough relationship with his mother and clearly does not want to accept this part of his life. He thus lets his parents’ relationship, define a negative idea of love and a poor view on being a husband. From his parent’s relationship and his own relationships Hemingway writes stories which embrace the desire to not become like his own father. To embrace the idea that Hemingway and his parents struggled, we can examine letters which Hemingway wrote to his parents. In these letters we can see that he tries to gain their acceptance of his writing. In a letter to his father Hemingway writes:
“You see I’m trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across—not to just depict life—or criticize it—but to actually make it alive. So that when you have read something by me you actually experience the thing. You can’t do this without putting in the bad and ugly as well as what is beautiful. Because if...

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