Symbolism In Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist and short-story writer, and awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Hemingway was born July 21, 1899, Cisero, Illinois, U.S., as the first son between Clarence and Grace Hemingway, and died by suicide in his home on July 2, 1961, Ketchum, Idaho. While reaching incomparable fame and success to other 20th century American authors, Hemingway completed seven novels, six collections of short stories, and two works of non-fiction that were published during his lifetime. Hemingway grew up in a sheltered environment, which pushed him to forgo college and move to Kansas city and work as a reporter for the Star. Milan, Chicago, Paris, Spain, Havana, China, and African were the destinations Hemingway found himself living and corresponding in, as well as travelling to, over the course of his life. Hemingway’s descriptions and dialogue was simple, having rid of ‘inessential language’ which left his style objective and honest, and without verbosity, embellishments and sentimentality. This style was influential for the proceeding two decades in American and British literature, and Hemingway’s use of style allowed him to complete works that were …show more content…

His detailed references and use of symbolism can be drawn from the known fact that Hemingway was an avid and enthusiastic hunter. In “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, a similar interpretation exist for, Old Man ash the Bridge. As the old man worries about his pigeons he left among his cat and goats, which the narrator later refers to as ‘doves’. In both “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” and “Hills Like White Elephants”, animals serve as a symbol and metaphor for a character of the story. For example, in the former story, the buffalo that Francis shoots lays dead in a similar fashion to Francis when he is also shot, only this time by his wife. It represents his courage and

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