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Hemingways Heroes Although Ernest Hemingways heroes have different names they are fundamentally the same person drawing from the same traumatizing experiences However emotionally disturbed Hemingways heroes always seem to have some hope guiding them into the future Their characteristics are all very similar and the characters often seem to blend seamlessly into each other Hemingway leaves the reader no clues about which characters are which or the significance of their names Little information is blatantly given to the reader concerning Hemingways characters Much information must be deduced Through deduction Hemingways hero character can be seen as a whole his strengths his weaknesses and his personality Hemingways heroes often act in a similar manner They are intrigued and obsessed with ritualistic order In Big Two-Hearted River part I Nick sets up his camp in distinct order After his camp is set up he proceeds to cook and eat his dinner with the same distinct order Harry Krebs in Soldiers Home is also infatuated with order He is very interested in the order of patterns They were such a nice pattern He liked the pattern It was exciting comments Harry about the girls fashion Whether it is the patterns in uniforms or the patterns in the girls clothing he enjoys its simplistic order Harry also enjoys the order of the pool hall Pool seems to be the perfect game for the Hemingway hero with its clear cut rules and specific order of play Another trait shared by most of Hemingways heroes is the ability to choke thoughts usually about something upsetting or unpleasant Nick in Big Two-Hearted River part I uses sleep to extinguish his unpleasant thoughts However Nick in The Three-day Blow suppresses his thoughts chemically He uses alcohol and denial to avoid thinking about his troubled relationship The real exception to this trait is Harry in The Snows of Kilimanjaro Harry is not suppressing his thoughts He is remembering the
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