Ernest Miller Hemingway

An Adventurous Life


Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Hemingway was one of the most important writers of the 20th century. Ernest Hemingway lived a life full of adventure. He was one of a group of writers called the Lost Generation. These writers rejected what they saw as an American focus on acquiring many possessions. Along with being one of America’s most famous writers, Hemingway was a fisherman, a hunter, and a fan of bullfighting. He participated in both world wars. Many of his works are based on his experiences in Europe and Cuba.

An influential style Hemingway and other Lost Generation writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sherwood Anderson, expressed their ideas in writing styles that were new and different. Hemingway’s writing style was significant. He was so brief and seemingly straight forward. He also had his method of   writing dialogue. Hemingway strives to use vivid verbs and precise nouns rather than using many adjectives and adverbs. He often uses long sentences for descriptions and short sentences when characters are talking. Ernest relives heavily on realistic dialouge as a method of characterization. Hemingway has influenced many other writers. He is one of the most often imitated writers of the 1900s.

Fact Becomes Fiction Like much of Hemingway’s writing, “A Day’s Wait” is based on actual events in Hemingway’s life. While Hemingway was living in France, his son came down with a high fever and reacted similarly to the boy in the Story “A Day´s Wait”. I will now give you a summary on the story.

A nine-year-old boy gets ill with influenza and has to stay in bed. His father calls for the doctor. The doctor takes the boy´s temperature, which turns out to be one hundred and two degrees. He is given medicine and is told that there is nothing to worry about unless the fever goes over one hundred and four degrees. The boy stays in bed, but does not pay any attention to his surrounding, he does not listen to the story his father reads to him. He only stares at the foot of the bed, looking very strangely.

His father goes out of his sons room for a while and tells the boy to sleep, but when he returns and finds him in the same position as he left him, wide awake. Again he takes his temperature and it is still one hundred and two, nothing to worry about. So he tells his son to take it relax, and don610094_origt worry. The son agrees but suddenly asks: “About what time do you think I’m going to die?” The father is shocked and explains to the son that people never die from a fever of one hundred and two. After a while the son tells his father that he heard from a boy in France that people will die when they get a fever over 44 and he himself has one hundred and two. The father explains to him that there is a difference between the thermometers in America and Europe, which is the same with kilometers and miles. The boy feels relieved and the next day he begins to complain about little things that are of no importance.

I think it is a good and catchy short story, I enjoyed reading it.




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