“They only want to kill when they’re alone. Of course, if you went in there you’d probably detach one of them from the herd, and he’d be dangerous (Hemingway).” This quote, from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, was one of his many pieces of work that helped light the way for new authors. Hemingway believed that minimal details created a better story, leaving mysteries for readers to solve on their own. Hemingway described his style as the Iceberg Theory. Hemingway deserves to be in the literary canon because he is a master of diction, his stories are unique and original, and he developed a new writing style that many authors still use today.
Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. His mother was very repressive and protective whereas his father, a physician, was very masculine. As a child, Hemingway spent a lot of time outdoors where his father often took him fishing and hunting. Hemingway often went with his father on professional calls as well. These early experiences introduced Hemingway to an adventurous life style which he continued throughout his entire life. The influence of his father’s masculinity eventually led to an obsession to prove his own masculinity and bravery (Gale, 1).When the United States entered World War 1, Hemingway joined the Red Cross medical service and served on the Italian front as a medic. He performed an act of heroisms during a mortar bombardment. One of the bombs exploded near Hemingway leaving his knee badly injured from the shrapnel, but he managed to carry a wounded soldier to an aid station. Afterwards he was decorated for his bravery and rejoined the Italian army as a soldier (Gale, 1). He also served in World War 2 in a division that captured Paris,…
…ster of diction, able to strip away most of the true story and still get the main idea across. This technique requires little to no ideas or hints that could cause a reader to stray from the central idea. Many authors have tried to do what Hemingway did but their stories, rather than taking away some of the background, would leave holes that ended up creating confusion for the reader. For all the reasons described above, Hemingway clearly deserves to be in the literary canon.
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