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Ernest Hemingway Essay

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Hemingway's life influences in his writingErnest Hemingway is one of the most famous American writers in this century. He had earned many rewards such as Nobel and Pulitzer Prize for his tremendous contribution in literature. For many years, his novels and stories are so popular. After reading his works and biography, people have realized that many of his significant works are based on his own experiences. His personal life has a profound influence in his writing. When he created the fiction, he invented from his experiences.Hemingway described in his novel (Death in the Afternoon) "if the writer is writing truly enough, the readers will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though ...view middle of the document...

When they hunt buffalos, Francis begins to regain his strength and he is no longer caught in his fear. He feels a "wild, unreasonable happiness that he had never known before."(P.131). He has been reborn a man. After Francis has regained his moral manhood, his wife shoots him in his head that lead his new happy life ends shortly.Another character Margot Macomber is a domineering woman. She tries to control her husband; at least she hopes that Francis won't ever leave her. As the story mentions, "Macomber had too much money for Margot ever to leave him"(P.121), but on the other hand, her aging beauty will not allow her to find another husband if she leaves him. Wilson thinks "she had a very perfect oval face, so perfect that you expected her to be stupid." (P.107) She is pretty, but she is smart because she knows her coward husband doesn't have strength to leave her even though she cheats on him. She punishes him by not care his feeling after the lion hunting. Later when Francis begins to gain his courage, she recognizes the change in him. She grows in fears of if he becomes a real man; her dominance will be ended by his rebirth. She finally chooses a cruel way to end his life by killing him.Another important character is Robert Wilson, a "great white hunter", a professional African game guide. He teaches Francis the shooting standard. Compare with Francis Macomber, he is a kind of man that does not afraid of anything. He is a veryindependent and brave person. He shoots the lion steadily despite of danger. He is attractive to Margot because the way he acts in the hunting game. His existence puts much pressure on Francis. His bravery personality is also a main clue in the story. His hero type personality has led the change to Francis and make Francis becomes a brave man.In this story, many details that Hemingway described were truly based on his Africa safari. He used a great deal of his autobiography. In late 1933 Hemingway arrived in East Africa with his wife Pauline and his friend Charles Thompson. They spent great and happy time in this hunting safari. This pleasant trip has inspired him to write this short story. When he came back from his trip, New York Times reporters interviewed him, Hemingway said, "The buffalo is vicious enough and charges repeatedly, but the hunter has more opportunity to bring down this type of game than he does when dealing with lions. (NYTimes 4/4/34) What he told the reporters are the same as what happened in this story. In his writing, he presented the readers vivid pictures in hunting lion and buffalo. It is actually no doubt that this comes from his own point of view of his hunting experience in Africa. Hemingway also made many suggestions through Wilson's instructions to Francis how to hunt the buffalo, such as "Don't try anything fancy. Take the easiest shot there is" (P.134). If a writer doesn't have experiences of hunting, how he can provide us so many details about that. Actually Hemingway is good at...

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