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The central theme in Hemingways work is heroism Most of his novels are not primarily studies of death or simply researches into the lost generation They are essentially the portrayal of a hero the man who by force of some extraordinary quality sets the standards for those around him Hemingway has always kept four subjects in his mind when writing These four subjects which have always fascinated Hemingway are fishing hunting bullfighting and war in which all have shown some type of international aspects But most of Hemingways novels are the studies death They are a portrayal of a hero but also a heroes struggle and perception of death What truly influences Hemingways writings more over to the portrayal of a hero is the notion of death To be a hero means to dare more than other men to expose oneself to greater dangers and therefore more greatly to risk the possibilities of death and defeat Connolly p226 Hemingway said My favorite characters are men who deal in death and accept its risks To understand why Hemingway revolves his novels around the concept of death one must look at his own life and how the meaning of death affected Hemingway himself In 1928 Hemingways father Edmonds Hemingway committed suicide It is said that he had much bad luck and was not all of it his own Many thought that Hemingways next theme would actually be fear Through out Hemingways childhood he remained unhappy He was only compatible on the surface between his parents His mother nudged him toward music preferably church music His father put a fishing rod in his hand at the age of three and a rifle at ten In Hemingways first novel In Our Time shows of Hemingways own struggle with his parents through the eyes of Nick Adams For example in one of Hemingways short stories from In Our Time it reads Your mother wants you to come and see her
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