Hemingway's Code Hero

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Hemingway's Code Hero Ernest Hemingway is one of America's most prominent writers whose experiences in World War I are shared upon his many pieces of literature. A common thread that runs through Ernest Hemingway's novels is the ideal man, whose experience as a member of the "Lost Generation" is explicitly shown through his works.

Hemingway's experience in World War I provided him with vast experiences that will show up in the plots of his future novels. As a member of the "Lost Generation", the people that lived during World War I, he draws experiences from his life and rewrites them in his books.

"The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms were"¦primarily descriptions of a society that had lost the possibility of belief. They were dominated by the atmosphere of Gothic Ruin, boredom, sterility, and decay (Aldridge 231) In the early 1900s when Europe was at war, Hemingway tried unsuccessfully to get a job with the United States Army due to an eye injury.

After this set back, he applied and got a job as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross. "Wounded in both legs by a shrapnel explosion near the front lines, he fell in love with the American nurse who cared for him (Discovering Authors 2)." Hemingway spent many weeks at the hospital and was decorated for bravery by the Italian Army. This experience is given in Hemingway's most famous piece of literature, A Farewell to Arms, "the study of an American ambulance officer's disillusionment in the war and his role as a deserter. (Nobel 1) Throughout his works a few threads run throughout his many works, of these are violence, despair, and emotional unrest. "Hemingway demonstrated a proclivity for powerful yet utterly objective stories of violence, despair, and emotional unrest, concerns that dominated his fiction...