A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest HemingwayWorks Cited Missing
Ernest Miller Hemingway was a man who loved what he did, and that waswriting. Not only that, he lived what he wrote, although many of thestories embellish the truth. In fact “it’s difficult not to confusehim with the heroes of his books” who lived and loved hard, exactlylike Hemingway did (Sussman 21). This attitude was present all throughhis many experiences from growing up, going through war, livingabroad, and writing through it all.
Author Ernest Hemingway entered the world on July 21, 1899 as thesecond child of Dr. Clarence Hemingway and his wife Grace. Born in thesmall town of Oak Park, Illinois, his birth seemed trivial to the restof the world. Yet, there would come the day when he would be known asone of the most important writers in America, an icon in his own right(Harmon 91). Before that came to pass, however, he was just a smallboy attending grade school with his “twin” Marcelline in Oak Park. Hissister Marcelline was not actually his twin but their mother raisedthe two that way, for reasons unknown. Besides that confusingsituation, young Hemingway and his siblings grew up in a fairlyaverage home. As a high school student he participated in sports andwrote constantly for the school paper. His family spent their timeduring the summer hunting and fishing in Michigan, where they had acottage. He seemed to be growing up like any other average boy, “yetthere were signs of the determinedly self-defined man that he wouldbecome.”(Koster 16). One defining moment came when he took a boxingclass and as a result got banged up. He did not quit, but came backfor more. It was this “determination to face fear and pain”(Koster 16)that allowed Hemingway to find a silhouette for his many heroiccharacters.
A year after that encounter Ernest Miller Hemingway graduated fromhigh school, and in spite of his parents’ wishes for him to attend