Ernest Hemingway lived his life to the fullest. He experienced more than any other man. Since not many people traveled as much as Ernest, Ernest shared his experiences in books. In The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Hills like White Elephants, and In Another Country, Ernest Hemingway uses a great deal of dialogue to help the reader identify with the characters in the story to show the reader how he perceives the situation of his experiences. In Ernest Hemingways short story, In Another Country, a man is shocked by reality when he hurt his leg in World War I.
This short story is primarily described with dialogue between the wounded man and other injured patience in the hospital. The short story takes place in Milan, Italy, in the middle of winter, during World War I. The events in In Another Country, that are discussed relate to Ernests experiences as a Red Cross ambulance driver. One night when Ernest decided to work a longer shift in the trenches, a bomb exploded right next to him. The only thing between Ernest and the bomb was a soldier.
Without even thinking, Ernest immediately begin carrying the injured men out of the trench. While Ernest was carrying a man, he was shot in the knee. In In Another Country Ernest describes his experiences in the hospital in Milan. Even though it is never said the narrator in the story is obviously Ernest. The dialogue between the Italian major and the narrator of the story, first is focused on the majors hand injury, and the machines that are suppose to provide the miracle cure for the majors and the narrators injuries.
But what the reader quickly learns is that the major suffers not from the injury of his hand, but the loss of his wife. The machines becomes a hollow promise with unbelievable photographs with miracle cures, but the message is the majors life is empty with the loss of his wife. In the mitts of all the war and wounds, what really mattered to the major was the love of his life. The narrator was told not to marry because he could lose everything which really put back in focus what is in important, the love of ones life. This surprisingly had a great effect on Ernests life. Ernest was married four times.
He could never settle down with just one woman. For that matter, he couldnt settle down anywhere for a long period of time. He was afraid he would grow too attached to something and then lose it. A man must not marry..he cannot marry, he cannot marry, if he was to lose everything, he shouldnt not place himself in the position to lose that. He should not place himself in a position to lose.
He should find things he cannot lose. (Hemingway 582) Hemingway practically lived by these words that the major said to the narrator in In Another Country. In Ernest Hemingways short story, “Hills Like White Elephants”, a couple is depicted, primarily through dialogue, in a conflict over an issue which is really never mentioned, but is obviously an abortion. The story takes place at a railroad station in the Ebro Valley of Spain. The issues discussed in the story are amazingly similar to events which haunted Ernests life. The characteristics of the man portrayed in the story are depictive of Ernest. One prevalent theme within the story “Hills Like White Elephants” is alcohol.
The story takes place in a bar at a railway station and begins with a man and a woman sampling various alcoholic drinks which include “cervezas” and “Anis del Toros.” It becomes clear that drinking is a major part of the couples relationship when the woman later remarks, “Thats all we do, isnt it. . . try new drinks.”(Hemmingway 422) Alcohol played an extremely significant and extensive role in Ernests life. Ernest commonly visited bars in the morning and would drink throughout the remainder of the day.
Ernests fourth wife, Mary, commented that she and Ernest “drank champagne and brandy always” (Hemingway 422).Ernests wives would find empty bottles of whiskey under his bed because he would often drink himself to sleep. Alcohol dominated Ernests life as well as his relationships with women. Travel is another theme within this story. Sitting in the Spanish railway station, looking across a plain at distant mountains, the woman compares the features of the plains to the couples life. She says, “Thats all we do, isnt it – look at things.
. .” Constant motion and the search for new places were an important parts of Ernests life. As an expatriate in the 1920’s, Ernest enjoyed living in Paris, visiting Spain, and traveling western Europe. This railway scene in “Hills Like White Elephants” is clearly one that Ernest had experienced many times. But maybe the most convincingly individual point of similarity between Ernest’s personal life experience and this story, lies in the conflict of the story, which is the disagreement between the man and the woman over whether the woman should have an abortion.
In this example, Ernest conveys the egocentric nature of the man and his struggle for dominance over the woman, two traits of Ernest himself. The man is seen arguing and supporting an abortion. He says, “Its really an awfully simple operation. . .
its not really an operation at all.” To address the woman’s stated view that their deteriorating relationship is hollow, consisting of “trying new drinks” and “looking at things,” the man argues further that “[the abortion] is the only thing that bothers us” and that if she has the abortion, “[we will be] just like we were before.” The mans intent to impose his viewpoint upon the woman is further evidenced through his continual reiteration that the operation is “perfectly simple.” Following each instance in which he tells the woman that she doesnt have to have the abortion if she doesnt want to or that he wants what she wants, he reassures his position that he doesnt want anybody but her and that he knows the operation is perfectly simple. The self-centered nature of the man presented in the story is extremely similar to Ernests relationships …