the web page (below) provides: Ernest Hemingway: How the Author's Work Reflected His Life
Ernest Hemingway was a man who painted his existence through his written word, a man who led a quizzical lifem defined a generation and won the Nobel Peace Price in 1954. All the lifestyles and traits that are painted into Hemingway's characters are in fact an identical reflection of his own life. Harold Krebs is one such character through which his war involvement, parental relationships, and internal struggles were molded from Hemingway's. "Hemingway's writing frequently focuses on the connections between his life and his work". (Ernest 177)
Ernest Hemingway was born in Chicago, attended public schooling and expressed an interest in writing when he was in high school. After graduation he was eager to see the world due to the fact that his parents, especially his mother were very dominating and restrictive "Thanks to the manipulations of his mother, Hemingway did not enjoy a normal childhood...He always referred to his mother as 'that *****.' (Lynn 27) He traveled to Kansas City and worked at the Kansas City Star. Afterwards, he joined the military and was given the task of being an ambulance driver due to the fact that he had a defected eye, a handicap that prevented him from being an infantry man. He fell in love with a nurse and asked her to marry him, she rejected. This only added to the already suppressed emotion, underlying notion and bias towards females. "There are, however, no women in his books!" (Fiedler 143)
After the war, Hemingway continued to write in Paris and started to become famous. Most of his stories revolved around war, a subject that fascinated Hemingway. He even flew several missions with the Royal Air Force and crossed the English Channel with American troops on D-Day. He also saw a great deal of action in Normandy and in the Battle of the Bulge. After World War II, Hemingway returned to his home in Cuba and resumed his work. He wrote The Old man and the Sea, the short story that would win him the Nobel Peace Prize. Due to Fidel Castro's revolution, Hemingway left Cuba in 1960 and resided in Ketchum, Idaho. Severe depression and anxiety caused Hemingway to shoot and kill himself on July 2, 1961. "The explosion blew away his entire cranial vault. Whether he had placed the gun barrels in his mouth or pressed them to his forehead is impossible to say". (Lynn 592)
Harold Krebs is a "man" that is lost in the world. His lifestyle is less than "dramatic" per say. Like Hemingway, Krebs also served in a war. However, Krebs was never really a "true" soldier. He never saw combat, ergo, he could never relate to any of his friends when they were telling war stories. He ended up lying to all of his friends and family when it came to stories about the war. "His lies were unimportant lies and consisted in attributing himself things other men had seen, done, or heard of, and stating as facts certain apocryphal incidents familiar to all soldiers." (Hemingway 170) Hemingway had longed to be affiliated with the military; however, since he was stationed as an ambulance drive, his dedication was less then heroic. We can deduce that this placement in the military was a negative effect on his personality. "He participated in World War II as an irregular". (McKenna 6)
Psychological, personal matters that tie into Hemingway and Krebs are shown on Hemingway's paper. .....
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