Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was raised by his parents Clarence and Grace Hemingway in the suburbs of Chicago. While attending high school, Hemingway helped maintain the school newspaper. After graduating, he began his writing career by working for the Kansas City Star at the young age of seventeen. Hemingway once said, “On the Star, you were required to learn to write a simple declarative sentence. This is very useful to anyone.” Hemingway’s time at the Star certainly helped his prose style of writing. (Trout, 5)
During World War I, Hemingway went overseas to work as an ambulance driver. After a short time aiding the Italian army, he was injured and sent to Milan for his injuries. While recovering, Hemingway met the nurse Agnes von Kurowsky, who soon he soon proposed. However, she left the wounded soldier for another man, leaving the war-torn soldier alone. The heartbroken writer found inspiration from this event and later wrote his famous works “A Very Short Story” and A Farewell to Arms. While still recovering from the injuries he sustained, Hemingway returned to the United States and met the woman who would become his first wife, Hadley Richardson. The married couple 2 moved to Paris, where Hemingway got a job as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star.
Hemingway continued his work where he published several of his more recognizable works, such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms. His book The Old Man and the Sea won Hemingway the Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. However, with each passing year he lived, his physical and mental well-being began to decline. On July 2, 1961, he finally committed suicide in his home. De…
…saw no point in life and slipped into an extreme depression. The question, “Why should I car?” was one that entered his mind and slowly destroyed him. Instead of striving to make something of his life, he let the belief that all is vanity eat away at his sanity till just a lifeless corpse remained, both physically and mentally (Elliot).
Hemingway and Melville questioned the idea of belief and unbelief in different yet similar ways. Hemingway showed in “Soldier’s Home” that having different beliefs can hurt those one is around. Melville’s short story “Bartleby the Scrivener” showed that unbelief in life will cause one to lose theirs all together. Both authors show how beliefs can influence our daily lives and the lives of others more than we may think. They show that having the right beliefs, or lack thereof, enhance or destroy our very will to live (Furlani).