Hemingway Short Stories

Ernest Hemingway: His life and his stories Ernest Hemingway was man of many
words. He wrote many novels and short stories. Ernest Hemingway also led a hard
life. He often incorporated his life into his stories. His life and work was a
direct result of his life. Some of his stories show a direct relationship
between his life and his work. Looking at three of Hemingway's short stories,
" Soldier's Home," "A Cat in the Rain" and " A Clean

Well-Lighted Place, in terms of their relationship to events and experiences in

Hemingway's own life. His stories from World War I reflect deeping despairs, and
a conviction that life ultimately was without meaning. Ernest Miller Hemingway
was born on July 21,1899, in Oak Park, Illinois. His father was the owner of a
prosperous real estate business. His father, Dr. Hemingway, imparted to Ernest
the importance of appearances, especially in public. Dr. Hemingway invented
surgical forceps for which he did not accept money. He believed that one should
not profit from something important for the good of mankind. Ernest's father, a
man of high ideals, was very strict and censored the books he allowed his
children to read. He forbade his Ernest's sister from studying ballet for it was
coeducational, and dancing together led to "hell and damnation" Grace
hall Hemingway, Ernest's mother, considered herself pure and proper. She was a
dreamer who was upset at anything which disturbed her perception of the world as
beautiful. She hater dirty diapers, upset stomachs, and cleaning house; they
were not fit for a lady. She taught her children to always act with decorum. She
adored the singing of the birds and the smell of flowers. Her children were
expected to behave properly and to please her, always. Mrs. Hemingway treated

Ernest, when he was a small boy, as if he were a female baby doll and she
dressed him accordingly. This arrangement was all right until Ernest got to the
age when he wanted to be a "gun-toting Pawnee Bill". He began, at the
time, to pull away from his mother, and never forgave her for his humiliation.

The town of Oak Park, where Ernest grew up, was very old fashioned and quite
religious. The townspeople forbade the word "virgin" from appearing in
schoolbooks, and the word "breast" was questioned, though it appeared
in the Bible. Ernest loved to fish, canoe and explore the woods. When he
couldn't get outside, he escaped to his room and read books. He loved to tell
stories to his classmates, often insisting that a friend listen to one of his
stories. In spite of his mother's desire, he played on the football team at Oak

Park High School. As a student, Ernest was a perfectionist about his grammar and
studied English with a fervor. He contributed articles to the weekly school
newspaper. It seems that the principal did not approve of Ernest's writings and
he complained, often, about the content of Ernest 's articles. Ernest was clear
about his writing; he wanted people to "see and feel" and he wanted to
enjoy himself while writing. Ernest loved having fun. If nothing was happening,
mischievous Ernest made something happen. He would sometimes use forbidden words
just to create a ruckus. Ernest, though wild and crazy, was a warm, caring
individual. He loved the sea, mountains and the stars and hated anyone who saw
him a phony. During World War I, Ernest, rejected from service because of a bad
left eye, was an ambulance driver, in Italy, for the Red Cross. Ernest was
injured in his knee and recuperated in a hospital, tended by a caring nurse
named Agnes. He fell in love with this nurse. When he returned to the U.S. he
embellished his war stories he won a medal for bravery. The is similar to the
character Krebs in Hemingway'' short story "Soldier's Home." When

Krebs returned to the United States everyone had already told their war stories
and his were not as exciting. So he felt the need to embellish his stories.'

Krebs found that to be listened to at all he had to lie, and after he had done
this twice he, too, had a reaction against the war and against talking about
it."(Pg. 145 Hemingway) Hemingway was against telling people about the war
at first because it caused him such pain, but later he felt that he had to talk
about it. Ernest returned home after the war, rejected by the nurse whom he fell
in love. He would party late into the night and invite, to his