Brelan Asante Handy
English 102/Dr. Becker
The life experiences and values of Ernest Hemingway converge with his scholarly work. Hemingway lived a life that was marked my pain, depression, and abuse from the day of his birth to the end of his existence. The stories he wrote deeply analyzed the troubles, curses, and damnation of life itself. His writing style was critiqued by literary scholars as both very detailed and fluid or simply lacking structure, going from climax to very low points. The stories he told through his unique novels actively focused on religion, gender roles, and society as a whole. It is extremely difficult to begin to visualize and imagine the pain and suffering Hemingway experienced throughout his 62 years of life. He had a variety of mental health disorders that stemmed from his sad upbringing and from his family’s history of having mental health problems. Earnest Hemingway has seen more high and lows in sixty two years than most people see in a lifetime. Hemingway was by far one of the most influential writers of the 20th century fiction era. In his remarkable career, he published seven novels, six short stories, and two non-fiction works. Among these three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works, they were all successfully published after his tragic death. A majority of his scholarly works were considered examples of classic American literature at its pinnacle. He produced his complex literary works between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and eventually won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Hemingway was not only a renowned American author but was also a well known journalist. His writings symbolized the evils of life, the positives of life’s simplicity, and the sociological behavior of men and women in society. The life of Hemingway was plagued by endless paradigm shifts that easily were reflected through his unhealthy behavior. Simply saying that his life was coherently...
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