Hemingway’s Short Stories of Autobiographical, Immature Males

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Hemingway’s Short Stories of Autobiographical, Immature Males

Hemingway’s short stories Cat in the Rain and The Snows of Kilimanjaro have male characters that are autobiographical. He attempted to dispel criticism of his short stories as autobiographical because Hemingway did not care for critics. His focus on his work as art ignores the autobiographical and psychological content he depended upon to develop characters. His characters are judged by the female characters of the short stories in the same way Hemingway was judged by his wives.
Ernest Hemingway wrote stories about autobiographical, male characters that lacked maturity as judged by female characters. He exhibited this in his married life and it may have contributed to his
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In the film, the character played by actor Gregory Peck was a white hunter and writer, just like Hemingway. Like his true self, the character is haunted by his first wife’s desire to raise a child before she causes a miscarriage as played by actress Ava Gardner. She, too, was driven to raise a family and settle down like the wife in Cat in the Rain. Hemingway’s fumbling depiction of the clueless husband in the short story matched the mistakes of the husband in the film.
Brennan recounts both the drive to have a child and a cat in a biography of Hadley:
“The story was a tribute to Hadley, who was dealing with her first year of marriage, the loneliness it entailed, and her deep desire for motherhood. According to biographer Gioia Diliberto, in her biography, Hadley, Hemingway based the story on an incident that happened in Rapallo in 1923. Hadley was two months pregnant when she found a kitten that had been hiding under a table in the rain. ” (Brennen 16)
As an autobiographic metaphor for his first wife’s desire to have a baby, Ernest Hemingway’s Cat in the Rain is a believable picture of the surface of his life. At the same time, it shows that ignoring the deeper drive to

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