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 Hemingway’s 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 Ernest’s 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 major’s and the narrator’s 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 Ernest’s life. Ernest was married four times. He could never settle down with just one woman. For that matter, he couldn’t 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 shouldn’t 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 Hemingway’s 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 Ernest’s 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 couple’s relationship when the woman later remarks, "That’s all we do, isn’t it. . . try new drinks."(Hemmingway 422)
Alcohol played an extremely significant and extensive role in Ernest’s life. Ernest commonly visited bars in the morning and would drink throughout the remainder of the day. Ernest’s fourth wife, Mary, commented that she and Ernest "drank champagne and brandy always" (Hemingway 422).Ernest’s wives would find empty bottles of whiskey under his bed because he would often drink himself to sleep. Alcohol dominated Ernest’s life as well as his relationships with women.
Travel is another theme within this story. Sitting