Ernest Hemingway's Uses of Weakness and Survival Essay

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Ernest Hemingway's Uses of Weakness and Survival
Ernest Hemingway is one of the most recognized writers of the twentith century. In World War I, Hemingway drove ambulances for the Red Cross, and was seriously wounded. Hemingway was rejected by his mother, and felt forced to move away from home. These experiences had a profound emotional impact on him and his writings. As a result, Hemingway's protagonists fulfill the heroic ideal of naturalistic views; and contrasts the weakness and survival of the men as seen in "Indian Camp", "Snows of Kilimajaro" and "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber." Whereas, in "Indian Camp", Hemingway shows how Nick can endure the pain of
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Hemingway uses Nick to play the tough guy and the hero that can endure the pain and survive without giving into weakness. By Nick and his father discussing death, it shows that Hemingway thought: From a purely aesthetic point of view it is perfectly irrelevant, but from a human and biographical point of view perfectly unavoidable, to remark the uncanny fact that the originals of both these characters, making their first appearances here as a doctor and son, were destined to destroy themselves. (Young 41) Nick and his father discuss death with each other after the incident because Nick had a few questions to ask. Furthermore, in "The Snows Of Kilimanjaro," Harry, the central character, is lying ill on an African plain where he is dying. Harry realizes that he is dying, but he has no patience with the efforts of his surviving wife to reassure him. Hemingway believed, "You died when there was no more to be said…" (Hughes 129). The dying man is called a coward by his wife because he does not want to move. She is accusing him of accepting the end too tranquilly. She wants him to struggle. This shows Harry's weakness and inability to survive. As a result, Harry is weak in that he allows death to overcome him without a fight. This shows that Harry was weak inside himself. Hemingway states that Harry, "has a denial of any objective basis for truth and is destined to die" (Shaw 71). Harry's wife with her wealth weans him from all that

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