Ernest Hemingway 's A Special Code, Grace Under Pressure

1975 Words Mar 8th, 2016 8 Pages
Ernest Hemingway was a man who was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Growing up, he was always encouraged to pursue the arts in any way he could. Being so close to nature and experiencing World War I, World War II, and the Spanish Civil war, Hemingway’s style showed times of post-war and poverty for the common man. Some of his best works are because of the times he has spent in war. Stories such as the Old Man and the Sea, “The Killers”, “The Undefeated”, and “The Big Two-Hearted River” were all influenced by war and the times Hemingway spent fighting for the cause. All of Hemingway’s most famous works follow a special code, grace under pressure. These codes tell how one must accept life for how it is. That we are not always able to change it so the best we can do is take it as life hands it to us. In addition, that one should stick to their own path in life and not make trouble for others. Hemingway’s code show how one should live their life in a way that is solely their life, which one should never try to inflict their ways or values onto others. Hemingway uses grace under pressure to relate to real life events and how one should handle it. In The Old Man and the Sea, before the boy and the old man made their way to get ready for the old man’s trip out to sea the next day, the boy sees how the old man is aging. “They were strange shoulders, still powerful although very old, and the neck was still strong too and the creases did not show so much when the old man…
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