Research Project on Ernest Hemingway’s Soldier’s Home
Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois to Dr. Clarence Edmonds and Grace Hemingway. Ernest was the second of six children and was raised in a quiet suburban home by devout Christian parents. Upon graduation from high school in 1917, He started his writing career as a reporter for The Kansas City Star. Six months later he joined a volunteer American Red Cross ambulance unit in Italy during World War I and was seriously wounded on July 8, 1918 on the Italian front near Fossalta di Piave. After the war ended Hemingway resumed work as a journalist in Chicago for a short period of time and married Hadley Richardson in 1921. In 1921 he moved to Paris and wrote for the Toronto Star as a foreign correspondent. In 1923 his first son, John, was born. In the late 1920s Hemingway published a lot of different stories, including The Torrents of Spring and The Sun Also Rises. In 1927 he divorced Hadley Richardson and married Pauline Pfieffer, a writer for Vogue. In 1929 they moved to Key West where his final two sons, Patrick and Gregory were born in 1929 and 1932. In 1928 drawing off his experiences during World War I Hemingway’s story A Farwell to Arms was published, however during the year he was devastated due to the lost his father who committed suicide. Hemingway was able to draw on many of his personal experiences in his writings. In 1937 he went to Spain as a war correspondent. Three years later in 1940 divorced Pauline Pfieffer and married Martha Gelhorn. During World War II, he served with the U. S Navy. Shortly after the end of the second world war in 1945, Hemingway divorced again and married Mary Welch. In 1947 Hemingway was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery during World War II. In 1953 he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Hemingway died on July 2, 1961 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, , and was buried in Ketchum. "Ernest Hemingway - Biography". Nobelprize.org. 20 Apr 2011
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The short story “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway is a story about a marine who is returning home from war in the summer of 1919. By the time that Harold Krebs returned to Oklahoma from the war, all of the people in his town were over greeting soldiers because the war had ended years previous to his return. When he spoke about the war, he told lies of things that other men had seen, done or heard, therefore no one wanted to listen to his war stories. By the time summer was ending, he had got himself into a routine that was not productive. He enjoyed sit out on the porch and look at all of the attractive young girls who walked across the street past his house. He often thought about wanting a girl, “but it was not worth it” to him. One morning his mother woke him up early and wanted to talk to him downstairs. In order to get him out of bed and downstairs to talk with her, she informs him that his father wants him to take the car out in the evenings. While his mother was cooking breakfast, he and one of his younger sisters, Helen, have a conversation about him coming to watch her play indoor baseball at her school. As his mother serves breakfast and she begins talking to him about getting a job and how he needed to start socializing with girls in order to enjoy himself. She also informs him that his father wanted him to stop by his office to see him. By the end of the conversation he ended up making his mother cry saying that he did not love her, however to stop her crying he told her that he did love. His mother asked him to pray with her, saying the prayer for both of them. To satisfy his parents, he then planned on going to Kansas City to find a...
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