Ernest Hemingway And Frederick Henry

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Ernest Hemingway and Frederick Henry: Author and Fictional Character, Alike yet Different

It can be said that all fiction is autobiographical in that no matter how different from the author’s life experience it may be, marks of their life can be found in any of their works and characters. One such example is Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, which is largely based on Hemingway’s own personal life experiences. Frederick Henry, the main character in the story, experiences many of the same situations that Hemingway lived out in his own life. Some of events and situations are exact, while others are less similar, and some have a completely different outcome all together. Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois. After graduating high school in 1917, Hemingway worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Star. A year later, in 1918, Hemingway served as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in the Italian infantry during World War I and was wounded just before his 19th birthday. After being wounded, the injuries he sustained landed him in a hospital in Milan. There in the hospital, Hemingway met an older nurse named Agnes von Kurowky whom he quickly fell in love with. Consequently, this is where the similarities between Ernest Hemingway and Frederick Henry begin. (“Ernest Hemingway.” Bio…) A Farewell to Arms is the story of Frederick Henry; an American who is a Red Cross ambulance driver for the Italian Army during World War I. We quickly surmise…

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