Critical Analysis of Ernest Hemingway.
"He [Ernest Hemingway] wrote only about things he had experienced, mostly outdoors, as a doctor's son in northern Michigan and as a self-possessed young tramp in Europe" (Time Magazine). The experience I've had with Ernest Hemingway's writing is almost parallel to that of this writer. Ernest Hemingway wrote from personal experiences, the main characters of The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell To Arms, and For Whom The Bell Tolls can all be closely compared to the life Ernest Hemingway lead. Although I haven't read any about a doctor's son in Michigan, all three books I have read are about young American men in Europe.
Ernest Hemingway's experience with World War I was in the form of an ambulance driver in the Italian army. Frederick Henry was also an American ambulance driver in the Italian army. Some other similarities that aren't so specific are that Hemingway was wounded at the front lines, went to a hospital in Milan, and fell in love with a nurse just as Henry does in A Farewell To Arms. "I knew I was hit and leaned over and put my hand on my knee. My knee wasn't there. My hand went in and my knee was down on my shin" (55). Henry was hit by a trench mortar and one of his legs was wounded just as it happened to Hemingway.
After World War I ended Hemingway moved to Paris. There his occupation was a writer. This is similar to his character Jake in The Sun Also Rises in many ways. Jake was an American who was in the Italian army during World War I. Jake was also injured iconic during the war, but his injury was not of the same nature as Hemingway's. Jake was also a reporter for a newspaper in Paris. "the Editor and the publisher and I worked hard," Jake commented about his work at the paper (12). Hemingway's personality was very much the same, he had, "a relentlessness that never ceased," for his work (www.cnn.com). .
The third character that relates to Hemingway is Robert Jordan, the main character in Hemingway's novel For Whom The Bell Tolls.