Ernest Hemmingway, an author from the early 1900’s, wrote many pieces. He is famous and well known for his difference in writing style from the average writer of his time. Many of his writings are based on life experiences, which lead us to what kind of person he really was. “Indian Camp," A Farewell to Arms, and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” is among his famous works. Another short story by Ernest Hemmingway is “A Clean Well-Lighted Place." Considering knowledge from “Indian Camp," A Farewell to Arms, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro," and an examination of the characterization, styles and themes in “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” it becomes obvious that “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” was written by Ernest Hemmingway.
Hemmingway himself led a very eventful life. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, he spent his youth in the woods learning to hunt and appreciate nature. Eventually, he volunteered to be an ambulance driver on the Italian Front in World War One, but was injured while with the infantry. These experiences led to the writing of A Farewell to Arms, a novel about life on the Italian front, and “Indian Camp," a short story relating to his days in the woods. Later in his life he would go to Africa to hunt big game. That served as a basis to write “The Snows of Kilimanjaro." He was not happy in his life and proved it by later committing suicide. Before this, however, he showed his unhappiness through his stories. The main characters that Hemmingway writes about are all very similar. They are all based on him at one point in his life or another
In A Farewell to Arms the main character, Lt. Henry, is on the Italian front in World War One. He meets Catherine Barkley, a young English nurse, and falls in love with her very slowly. “Oh darling,” she said. “You will be good to me, won’t you?” What the hell I thought. I stroked her hair and patted her shoulder. She was crying.” The entire book is about his time with Catherine and their story together. While they fall in love and enjoy each other’s company, the reader sees that Lt. Henry is an Alcoholic and usually has to be drinking. “They left me alone and I lay in bed and...brought up the bottle of Cinzano and held it straight up on my stomach, the cool glass against my stomach, and took little drinks...and watched it get dark outside over the roofs of the town” The couple is now in love and she gets pregnant. Eventually Catherine and the baby die during birth leaving him scarred. He can no longer love another the same way. He is an alchoholic who is miserable beyond belief.
In “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” the main character Harry gets gangreen and realizes he is going to die soon. His little time left has forced him to look back on his life to see what he made of it. In his opinion he did not make it what he wanted. He did not follow his passion, writing, which he had dreamed about for a long while. Constant references to liquor are made throughout the story. With misery for Harry comes alchohol, and he dies a sad, slow, and painless death.
The same character exists in “A Clean Well-Lighted Place," the old man. The old man has been crippled by the years of torture and unhappiness. Like all the other characters and Hemmingway, he is unhappy with life for one reason or another. “Last week he tried to commit suicide.” The old man resorted to alcohol like the others in Hemmingway stories. “The old man looked at him. “Another brandy,” he said. “You’ll be drunk,” the waiter said.” He gets drunk to escape his pain and misery, while finding some comfort in this clean well-lighted place called the cafe. “The two waiters inside the cafe knew that the old man was a little drunk...” Because of the similarities in action and mental views of life, accompanied by the alcohol abuse it is obvious that these characters are all familiar and have a common origin.
Hemmingway characters all have a specific type of woman involved in the stories. It can be traced to his problems with women in