Ernest Hemingway Essay

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could ernest hemingway be considered a tragic figure in contemporary literature?

Looking at Ernest Hemingways past, youd see that he lived a very tough, strict childhood. He was raised under the thoughts that if you had strong religion, hard work, physical fitness, and self determination you would be very successful no matter what field you were to go into. This made his relationship with his parents sort of complex. It was more of a difficult relationship with his mother. She was demanding, and was also known to be over bearing. She didnt accept Ernest as being a boy, so she frequently would treat him as a female baby doll and dress him as one as well. He didnt have the ideal childhood ...view middle of the document...

Anything painful, or disgusting, she thought was not lady like. His childhood was very difficult and it stuck with him through-out his adult hood. Ernest never forgave his mother for humiliating him in front of the town.

As an adult, Hemingway didnt have it easy either. He lived a sort of rejected adulthood. When he was younger he dreamed of being a boxer. This dream followed him. He had bad eye sight and a bad knee, so this made it so he couldnt be a boxer. In 1918 when he graduated from high school he enlisted in the army. He didnt pass the physical due to the eye sight problem, so he was assigned to be an ambulance driver. All he wanted to do was fight though, but since he didnt pass he couldnt legally fight. If this happened to any other person theyd feel the same as Hemingway was probably feeling, which was very sad and both frustrated with himself that he didnt pass. This added on to his depression. Since he wasnt happy driving the ambulance, he posed as a soldier and lead people into battle with him. Eventually everything was uncovered and they found out that he was posing as a soldier and kicked him out of the army where he then left for Paris with his new wife, first of four wives, Hadley Richardson. He had one child with her and named him Jack. He later divorced Hadley in 1927 and married his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer. He had two children, Patrick and Gregory. During the second marriage, his father committed suicide and this lead Hermingway to become much...

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