Research Paper: Ernest Miller Hemingway’s Lifestyle and Its Influence to His Writing

  1. Introduction

Ernest Hemingway was an American novelist, journalist, dramatist, poet, non-fiction artist and mainly a short-story writer. Everybody is destined to a similar end in this world; the history of his life, what he did, the way he died, and generally, his legacy differentiate him from the rest of the people in the world. As a Nobel peace prize-winner, Miller had an important influence on the 20th century fiction as his work attracts critics a claim that was significant and classic even now. His effort is greatly recognized for numerous aspects like the minimalist style. His accessibility to readers and his stark  contrast with other authors in the field of writing, such as J.D. Salinger and James Joyce, who also acknowledged his work, saying that it had an advance effect on their writing too. Miller’s work also gave way for pulp fiction and potboilers. When he was sixty year old, he forged a literature standing, unsurprising during the 20th century.

In addition, he made a mythological champion in himself that puzzled and refined an average person, besides severe literature critics. He was a champion, and that is why his legacy and life is still honored up to date. Due to his devastating war-like ambition, tormented privacy, unbounded struggle, and complicated childhood, Miller’s styles and life was very meticulous. He once made a short story with six words in two sentences and claimed that it was one of the best anthropology piece he ever wrote evident as a big world drama in his literature life[1]. Miller worked as a driver in a Red Cross ambulance during the Second World War, deep-sea angler, and participated in safari games in Africa. His visit to Africa made him fall a victim to a two-plane crash where he was mistaken dead by some newspapers[2].

  1. Early Life

The life of Miller came to rise in 1899 at a place known as Oak Park in Illinois. Born in a high central point class family, his mother was a singer while his father was a physician. Miller loved the outside surroundings during the times they spent in Mighan. The love of his environment throughout his life accompanied him. This was a significant cornerstone for his future work. He got his first work at the Kansas City star after completing his high school education as a reporter with the help of his uncle. He did not get an opportunity to attend college education. Miller worked as a reporter for six months, struggling to be recruited into the armed forces. He did not succeed as he had an eyesight issue. He then willingly accepted to work as a driver in Italy with an American ambulance Red Cross hospital in the city of Milan. Ernest got several feet and leg injuries in Italy as a driver forcing him to be admitted at Red Cross hospital; there, he spent the fall of 1918 and the summer.

“A Farewell to Arms”, is a novel Miller wrote due to the encounters he went through after falling in love with a nurse but eventually breaking up due to Agnes, the nurse, jilting him as an Italian officer. Miller married Hadley Richardson as his first wife in 1921 despite his broken affairs with Agnes the nurse. The lost generation, initially referred to as literary group was part of miller when he migrated to Paris, France. Bumpy was the nickname of Jack Miller’s son with Hadley. During this time, the family dwelled on an income that Miller acquired from working as a foreign correspondent and writing short stories.

  1. World War I

Ernest attempted to enlist in the US army when America declared their participation in the First World War. After failing because of his eyesight problem Miller decided to work as a driver in a Red Cross ambulance service He left us and went to Paris where he was ordered to report to Milan. He was given the responsibility of driving ambulances after moving to Schio town. In 1918, Ernest got a severe injury due to machine gun fire and wound by the mortar. Ernest worked hard in dangerous circumstances with the aim of securing his war fellow army men. His bravery saw his earn a silver medal as one of the best military valor by the Italian government.

Agness von Kurowsky was six years older than Ernest when they meet at a hospital in Milan. They fall into affection and Hemingway arranged for their way to his motherland at Oak Park. They later broke up and miller went back to the United States there his individual encounters would be part of his fiction. At this juncture, it is evident that Miller wrote his short stories in respect to his general life including his secrets.

  1. Private Life and Career

It is clear that miller hated his mother as John Passos said that the only person he was aware of who disliked his mother was Hemingway[3]. A man quickly gets tired of a woman when he is treated in the best way with ultimate love as evident in Carlos Baker’s views on the short stories of Miller – the Snow of Kilimanjaro and The Short life of F. Macomber;  Carlos says the character goes around the issue of women [4].  In the two short stories Ernest references to a woman as  a “bitch”. Ernst points out a woman as feeble in the Hills like White Elephant.

Agnes refused to marry Ernest as she saw that he was not mature enough and send him a letter informing him of her engagement to one of the Italian officer. when Miller returned to oak land he decide to write arguing that lovers and friends come and go although what he had in writing would stay with him forever. According to him, writing was reliable, inspirational and essential in his life at that moment of stress[5]. His early childhood relation with the mother and the heartbreak by Agnes made Ernst only to concentrate on women as sex counter parts rather than people. (Hemingway and women: female critics and the female voice By Lawrence R. Broer, Gloria Holland)

Before the final send of, Miller made four marriages in his life. The first one was Elizabeth Hadley after which in 1927 he married Pfeiffer a wealthy woman. in 1940 he later married Martha Gellhorn as his third wife after separating from Pfeiffer. Martha the journalist died forcing Miller to married Mary Welsh as the fourth wife on his list.

  • Depression and Suicide

Hemingway loved hunting and fishing with his father, on the other hand, his mother tried to make him get to the life of music in vain. He got his eye problem during boxing match that prevented him from becoming an army in the times of World War 2. Miller as a driver had a lot to do sometime work in harsh condition rescuing injured army men this had much to do with his life having in mind that his father had committed suicide. During his career as a driver Ernst went through a lot of thick, he saw both dead and picked a lot of wounded bodies making him depressed.

The main way to ordeal is living, bull-fighting, hunting, boxing, war and deep sea fishing. Ernst attempted to commit suicide in the year 1962 in the spring after with he received ECT treatment. In July 2 1961, three weeks before his birthday, Hemingway reached his destination the planet earth and went to meet his creator. This took place at his residential home in Ketchum, Idaho, due to a short gun injury inflicted by him. His advance life experiences equipped him with relevant skills and knowledge in his short story writing.

  • Literary Style and Works

Ernst was a hero in his field and became a legend of his sole lifetime. He was a foremost literary scholar, reader of books and more important a writer. Miller had the privilege of public spotlight, delight, and fame. On the other hand he was himself as an artist and never waned praise for awkward basis .During his writing days Ernst used a distinct style that had several speculations. He kept into act short physical and geographical illustrations. This style was said to be deficient of substance due to its indirect description of emotion and statements. In simple language, his style contains direct plan.

            Hemingway developed and modified a prose style with simple phrases, a few adjectives, and adverbs. He wrote clear dialogue, concise and exact illustrations, and descriptions of things. He used internal dialogue, shift person point of view, and objective description.

  • Conclusion

            Miller’s style and life were very meticulous because of   his complicated during his early childhood, his tormented private life, his devastating war experiences, his unbounded struggle with life and his ambitious career. His life was his literature apart from the numerous ups and downs life tock him through like the love affairs and injuries he suffered. Moreover, his styles were liked and admired by many readers.

Since his childhood to his final destination, Ernest Miller Hemingway went through full life experience in almost all the aspects a man ought to learn. He lived his life in a distinct way according to his way. This was a true man of his own adventure that did not escape his daily diary. From this, it can be concluded that life in what you make it, we are the drivers to our own destination, treasure each moment in life and note each occurrence as significant. It is the minor finer things that are responsible for whom we are and our fate. What we do today will have an advance effect on our future. Our life is our testimony stick to the truth and at the end of the day show some love.


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[1] For sale: baby shoes. Never worn

[2] . (Papa Hemingway: the ecstasy and sorrow by A. E. Hotchner –Literary Criticism– 1983 – 322 pages)

[3] Hemingway Women” by Bernice Kert –Biography & Autobiography  Page 23

[4] “The Hemingway woman” by Bernice Kert – biography & autobiography page 28

[5] A Farewell to Arms, 1925