Ernest Hemmingway

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Sophia Jackson

Mrs. DeRulle

English III

25 March 2014

Ernest Hemmingway

Born and raised in the conservative suburbs of Illinois, Ernest Hemingway was working as a sports journalist for the Kansas City Star when World War 1 broke out in 1914. Hemingway volunteered, at the age of eighteen, to be an ambulance driver during World War 1 because he was rejected from joining the army due to bad eye sight in one of his eyes. For his honor and bravery, he was awarded the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery in 1919. His work is inspired by his experiences during World War 1 including being terribly injured in Italy, his relationships with women, and his adventurous lifestyle.(2 ) Hemmingway had three sons and four wives throughout his lifetime. Aside from his reputation as a womanizer, Hemmingway suffered from many health problems including hypertension, liver disease and depression, which eventually led to suicide on July 2, 1961 in Ketchum, Indiana (2)

Hemingway started out as a "modernist" author who wrote in extremely simple and direct style.

His style, known as prose, is described as somewhat plain and his dialogue is kept to a minimum. (1) His clean writing style was influenced by his work for his high school newspaper and his no nonsense training and as a journalist and reporter for the Kansas City Star at the beginning of his career. (5) Hemmingway once said "On the Star you were forced to learn a simple declarative sentence. This is useful to anyone. Newspaper will work not harm a young writer and could help him if he gets out of it time," referring to his work on the Kansas City Star. (4) Hemmingway's lack of dialogue and adjectives makes his style difficult to imitate and often described as plain and...