Hemingway, Death and Integrity
edited: Thursday, August 03, 2006
By andy ray
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2006
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a research paper on ernest miller hemingway (1988)
By Andy Ray
No modern writer has been so consistent in his public writings, spoken words, and physical actions as has Ernest Miller Hemingway.
I propose two hypotheses garnered from extensive reading of his works and his life, to-wit:
(1) Ernest Hemingway (EH) wrote in the same structural style from sixth grade through to the time his mind gave out in the late 1950s. He did not "learn" the sparseness or develop the "minimalist" school as a result of extensive study, but his work came from the a grade school structure.
(2) EH's life-long literary theme centered upon the celebration of depression and death, not light and life.
EH was born in a large, three-storied, gabled house at 439 North Oak Park Avenue on July 21, 1899, to Doctor Clarence Edmonds Hemingway and Grace Hall Hemingway. As soon as the baby was able to travel, the Hemingways took six-wee-old Ernest to Michingan's north woods, where the family spent every available vacation and summer in a cabin by Bear Lake.
Young EH learned to fish when he was three years old and pulled his first shotgun trigeer when he was eight. He grew up, ostensibly happy, among the animals and in the forest. He watched his father shoot and clean deer, squirrel, possum, racoon, pheasant, duck, quail, partridge, and doves, and exterminate "vermin," by which Dr. Heningway's classification included wandering (feral) cats and dogs.
Ed Hemingway loved his guns, loved to shoot them, and loved to kill with them as his little son watched. Although the Hemingways were nominally Christian, religion played little part in EH's upbringing, but he grew up very aware of the temporary nature of life. By the time he was ten years old, he had seen hundreds of blooded creatures die and some humans. His father's office was in the home and no great attempt was made to shield Ernest from attending the event when someone died at the house.
The fiction writer in young Ernest showed first at the age of eleven years of age, when he turned in what was per se his first short story to his sixth grade teacher at Holmes Grammar School. Except for a mention of Martha's Vineyard, which he had seen briefly the previous summer, the rest of the story was pure fiction.
The story's style already can be identified as what lateer became known throughout America's universities as "the Hemingway style."
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