Ernest Hemingway

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JaneM said...

Overall, my experience with Ernest Hemingway's books turned out to be less than positive. I found Hemingway's novels to be interesting, enticing, and full of interesting plot, yet the books and the story lines did not really appeal to me that much. Many of his stories are quite repetitive, and can become, at times, even dull and boring. Hemingway is a positive author in the sense that his stories offer many different avenues to explore for themes, and his novels and ideas can be interpreted in various ways. Though Hemingway offers many options for writing the actual paper, this also can serve as obstacles, because it can be hard to connect the ideas and bring them all together into central idea. Hemingway is definitely not the easiest author, and I would think before you choose him, but he will definitely provide an exciting challenge.

Sebastian B (Brown) said...

In contrast to previous blogs, I found the works of Ernest Hemingway quite intruiging. The topics and themes he chooses to develop are fascinating, and readers are engaged throughout his novels and short stories alike. This author's varied literature and the rich cultures the he chooses to illustrate provide students with numerous theses. If one enjoys brutal war-scenes, heartbreaking love stories, and strong bonds of friendship, then Hemingway is certainly the autrhor for you. Although certain scenes are drawn out and at times, "boring," the battles, followed with an edge-of-your-seat action and adventure, certainly make up for such shortcomings. The novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is an excellent read for anybody who either chooses Hemingway as their American Author or not, and his short stories are what I would call, "sweet and to the point." The language is simple, yet very powerful, as each word is chosen carefully and placed perfectly. An "exciting challenge," Hemingway is the correct choice for any student who loves World War I historical fiction, exciting tales of brotherhood and love, and who strives to comprehend one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century.

pete e said...

I was very pleased with my selection of Ernest Hemingway. The Author Thesis entails extensive reading prior to writing the actual paper. Hemingway’s short, declarative sentences were essential to successfully completing, as well as comprehending his works. His pertinent writing style provided engaging reading, free of flowery, descriptive language. Hemingway’s works often incorporate warfare and masculinity. He writes of stereotypical male pursuits, such as bullfighting, alcoholism, and dangerous, illegal activity. Consequently, Hemingway’s protagonists are always male, and his female characters serve to accentuate the characteristics of the males. The intimate relationships that his characters engage in are often male dominant, and his female characters submit themselves to the needs of their lover. Hemingway uses a direct and explicit writing style to convey his themes, and engages the reader with the exciting, dangerous pursuits of his male protagonists.

Anonymous said...

ernest hemmingway's novel greenhills of africa, the sun also rises and farewell to arms aren't really good combination for an author thesis. both farewell and sun also rises talks about masculinity, while greenhills of africa discusses hunting. greenhills of africa's topic contrast with other books so distinctively. it is hard to connect the topics into a thesis. I encourage you to pick a another book or a different autor.

sammy d (narrow) said...

My experience with Ernest Hemingway was in a way, bitter-sweet. The books I read, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls were all very interconnected in terms of theme so coming up with a thesis was fairly easy. On the other hand, they were almost too similar in storyline and plot and the repetitiveness really takes a tole on you. By the third novel it was very hard to concentrate and i was easily distracted.
However, I enjoyed the in depth view Hemingway offers on love and war, a kind of depth that is thought provoking requires much analyzation. Every detail in Hemingway's novels adds a bit of "umph" to the story. If you enjoy themes of love and war and enjoy in depth, thought provoking storylines, Hemingway is the author for you.

JackD(Rose) said...

I Chose my author, Ernest Hemingway, almost completely because of his reputation. Though I had never read any work from him, he is revered as a great American author, and I was interested in figuring out what all the hype was about. I read three novels by Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. HIs books are not very difficult, nor long, as "Old Man" tops off at about 100 pages. I would recommend Hemingway because his subject matter is very enticing. Despite the fact that he wrote during the 1930's-50'sish era, his books are very relatable even today. Most of his books deal with relationships, love, desire, and dreams. I enjoyed him very much, and would recommend him as an author to choose for AAT.

Matt (Rose) said...

As far as American authors go, Ernest Hemingway is certainly one of the most well known. His novels almost all revolve around World War I since he participated as an ambulance driver in Italy during the war. Most of his stories are either based during the war, or directly after the war, and show how those involved were affected. Besides war, other themes include relationships, love, alcoholism, and dreams. As for the lengths of his novels, they are all generally around 300 pages, however one of the books I read, The Old Man and the Sea, was only about 130 (For Whom the Bell Tolls, which I didn’t read, was 475 pages however). No matter what the length though, all of his books seem relatively understandable and straight forward. I would definitely recommend his works to anyone looking to read some of Americas most famous and storied texts.

Chandler (Rose) said...

I choose to do Ernest Hemingway for my author for the Author Thesis because the ideas portrayed in his book are very interesting. Although he has some very short books, I did not choose to study him because of that, instead I read his books because I figured that if I was interested in the topic I would have an easier time writing my paper. The books were not too difficult, some easier then others, such as The Old Man and the Sea which was a short book with not very challenging vocabulary. I would recommend that someone pursue Ernest Hemingway as their author for the Author Thesis because even though he is a popular author to study, there are so many different directions to go with his works that finding your own creative idea is not too difficult.

Eliot(Rose) said...

I choose Ernest Hemingway because I read excerpts from his novels prior to author thesis and really enjoyed the parts I read. My experience with Hemingway was partly positive and partly negative. The positive aspect about Hemingway as an author is there is a very clear theme between all of his novels. Also, another positive part about Hemingway's novels are that they are usually very exciting. For example The Old Man and the Sea is about a man attempting to catch a huge fish. The negative sides of choosing Hemingway is that some of his novels can be dull at parts. I found The Sun Also Rises to be very simple and at some times boring. Overall, I think the difficulty with Hemingway comes from reading his novels, not finding and writing about a connection between them.

Dan (Rose) said...

I chose Ernest Hemingway as my author, and had mixed feelings about him. I chose him because my older brother had done him, and I wouldn’t have to go purchase his books because they were already in my house, plus he seemed like a fitting author for me at the time I was choosing authors. I read The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Sun Also Rises. I would recommend this book to a person who really enjoys reading, and enjoys finding the deeper meaning in books. I wouldn’t recommend him to everyone because his books are very long with the exception of The Old Man and the Sea. He is a great author, but he has some tough reads, and he requires patience when reading his books because they are at times lacking action and excitement.

Reed (Bennet) said...

I found that Ernest Hemingway had some really interesting and good books. I chose him because he is a famous author who is known for his themes of courage. Hemingway is known for his writing about courage and having very masculine characters. Courage is a reoccurring theme in the books that I read Some of the books I read can be boring at times like a Farewell to Arms, the other two books I read were pretty good and short. The Old Man and the Sea was very short, but also good. The Snows of Kilimanjaro also has some good short stories. I would not recommend reading The Snows of Kilimanjaro though because some of the short stories are long and confusing. It is difficult to find good ideas from these short stories. Hemingway is a very interesting author who will provide you with plenty of options to write your thesis about.

Trent (Bennett) said...

Ernest Hemingway was boring to read. I enjoyed his first book The Old Man and the Sea because it was short and full of action. Hemingway was able to get his moral of the story across while still making it interesting. The other two books, The Sun Also Rises and Farewell to Arms, were very dull. These books totaled to around 300 pages each when the story could have been accomplished in 100. Although both changed locations, you got the feeling as if you were in the same place the whole book. Nothing very exciting happened throughout the book. In general his books had a sense of courage and overcoming obstacles. His books were also very depressing at the same time. They were not spontaneous and dragged on for too long. Although Ernest Hemingway gives a good opportunity for a thesis to be created, he is a very boring author to read.

Matt N (Bennett) said...

My experience with Ernest Hemingway was over all negative. The first book I read, the Old Man and the Sea, was good book and I enjoyed it a lot but the other two books had almost the same plot and were extremely repetitive. Islands in the stream and a farewell to arms were both boring and include many swears and both insinuations of sex and bluntly saying he had sex with someone. I almost wanted to put the book down after I realized that there was three swears on every page and the sex insinuations had no purpose in the progression of the book or in the understanding of the characters. He may have written some good books but Islands and the stream and A Farwell to Arms should not be read together. The Old Man and the Sea I have no complaints about.

Yanni (Mrs.Anderson) said...

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Ernest Hemingway is a writer of travels and the great outdoors. Often, Hemingway writes of his character’s adventures and lives in other countries. In the novel, The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway sends his main characters from Paris to Spain and talks of how different the culture is there. Sadly, Hemingway’s themes are not as light as the sceneries he depicts. Hemingway often writes of death and the sad turns life could possibly take instead of the happy ones. But as a result of the gloomy themes and ideas he explores, there is a lot to think about as a reader. Although most of Ernest Hemingway’s novels and short stories consist of gloomy themes, some do not and I found it hard to recognize what Ernest Hemingway was pointing at. Other than that I believe Ernest Hemingway was a good read and easy to write about. Thus I recommend reading his works to anyone who enjoys learning of the cultures and nature s of other countries.

Ian (Brown) said...

I enjoyed Ernest Hemingway very much. His style appealed to me very much, and made for a pretty easy read that still contained much depth. The works that I enjoyed very much were Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, and short stories such as "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," "Indian Camp," and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." The Books I did not like were For Whom the Bell Tolls, since it is very long and slow. I enjoyed To Have and Have Not although it contains no substance worthy of being analyzed in a paper. Hemingway's characters are usually depressed or disillusioned, which may cause the books to be depressing to read. I, however, found his characters more interesting than depressing since they travel to many places around the war, are involved in action sequences at some points, and strongly convey the post-war emotions following World War I.

paola (brown) said...

paola (mrs. brown)

in my opinion Ernest Hemingway was a good author for author thesis because he had a lot of great themes. Hemingway writes a lot about war and men. the books might get a little repetative but they are fun to read. for example For Whom the Bell Tolls, and A Farewell to Arms were very repatative and it seamed like it was the same book just with different characters. Hemingway is a great author to write about because theres a lot you can write about. analysing his books is very easy which helps a lot when writing your paper. i would recommend The Old Mand and the Sea becouse it was full vof adventure and very fun to read.

Anonymous said...

I strongly suggest using Hemingway as your author for author thesis. His books all are filled, action, love and war. Hemingway argue a few themes in his books and stories, that are easy to pick up on. With the thesis i create it was to easily relate all my books and stories (which ranged from safaris to war) to each other. I read Nick Adams short stories, For whom the Bell tolls, and a Farewell to Arms. Overall i suggest picking Hemingway as your author if you like action and adventure.

Thomas N(Dube)

Sam C said...

Overall, i enjoyed my time reading Ernest Hemingway's novels. After reading them, it seems there is a lot of insight on the world to be gained through reading his books. These novels can be interpreted in many ways. I think it was fairly easy to write an essay off of these novels because they offer so many different paths of exploration in terms of insight and wisdom to be gained.

Conor H(Brown) said...

My decision to do my Author Thesis on Ernest Hemingway was rather rushed. However, I am generally happy with said decision. Although the subject matter and the lack of any fanciful language whatsoever made it dull and depressing on occasion, there were upsides as well. The language that he uses never confuses the reader, but still conveys his thoughts clearly. This makes it easier to find themes and trace patterns (of which there are many) through his works. Hemingway often described his works as icebergs, with much of the meaning hidden underneath (91.67% of it, to be precise). I grasped this concept while reading his novels, because of the multitude of themes, ideas, and symbols that his writing contains.

Conor H(Brown) said...

My decision to do my Author Thesis on Ernest Hemingway was rather rushed. However, I am generally happy with said decision. Although the subject matter and the lack of any fanciful language whatsoever made it dull and depressing on occasion, there were upsides as well. The language that he uses never confuses the reader, but still conveys his thoughts clearly. This makes it easier to find themes and trace patterns (of which there are many) through his works. Hemingway often described his works as icebergs, with much of the meaning hidden underneath (91.67% of it, to be precise). I grasped this concept while reading his novels, because of the multitude of themes, ideas, and symbols that his writing contains.

Conor H(Brown) said...

My decision to do my Author Thesis on Ernest Hemingway was rather rushed. However, I am generally happy with said decision. Although the subject matter and the lack of any fanciful language whatsoever made it dull and depressing on occasion, there were upsides as well. The language that he uses never confuses the reader, but still conveys his thoughts clearly. This makes it easier to find themes and trace patterns (of which there are many) through his works. Hemingway often described his works as icebergs, with much of the meaning hidden underneath (91.67% of it, to be precise). I grasped this concept while reading his novels, because of the multitude of themes, ideas, and symbols that his writing contains.

Griffin (Brown) said...

Ernest Hemingway wrote novels that were both great and terrible, and in roughly equal numbers. If you choose your books right, Hemingway is clear, concise, action packed, and a great storyteller, yet you run the risk of being bored out of your mind. The way to go is to avoid The Sun Also Rises at all costs. For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, and To Have and Have Not all number among the best books I have ever read, and were almost fun to read, analyze, and write about. The Sun Also Rises strays from the topics, styles, and themes of the other novels to tell a boring and depressing story of an injured expat living in Paris drowning his sorrows for three hundred pages. Hemingway is by no means a bad choice, but do not let yourself get drawn in to The Sun Also Rises.

Maddie Petrovich said...

I would highly suggest reading Ernest Hemingway for author thesis. The language and style can be a little bit difficult to unerdstand at times, however the complexity makes explicating quotations much easer while writting. I read For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, and A Farewell to arms. The sun also rises was my favorite but for whom the bell tolls got to be a little long and boring. But I did not find it to difficult to find connections between these three books.

Brad Hollingsworth said...

I choose Ernest Hemingway for my American author thesis. I choose him because he is a very popular author and I felt that his works suited me better than the others that I had looked at. Overall, choosing this author enhanced my experience with this project because it was enjoyable to read his books. My first experience with him was positive and negative. I had heard that his morals presented in his novels were outstanding, however, tough to read. I read Old Man and the Sea, A moveable feast, and To Have and Have Not. The novels were challenging, however, rewarding. Therefore, I would recommend him to someone who likes to find a deeper meaning while reading. Another positive aspect of his works is that there are very clear themes between most of his novels. Overall, Hemingway, arguable the greatest American author, has outstanding pieces of literature that leave his audience with good morals and take aways that provide you with plenty to write about.

Dan Brennan said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading and evaluating the works of Ernest Hemingway for my American Author Thesis. With exception to The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway's books were long and are likely not best suited for those who are not strong readers simply due to their length, vocabulary and content. His books, however, are fairly easy to analytically connect so the writing process can be fairly simple. As with any book, I recommend taking notes and writing down all important quotes instead of just writing down however many quotes you were assigned to record while reading so you do not have to go back at the end to get sufficient evidence as I did. Had I taken detailed notes throughout the process, writing my paper would likely have been much easier. Ultimately, I enjoyed Hemingway's books and would recommend him as your author.

Ben Burns said...

In my my opinion choosing Ernest Hemingway for American Author Thesis was an overall good experience, and one I would recommend and suggest to future readers. Although the stories and plots can be confusing and complex at times, the in depth character development makes for a captivating and progressive reading experience that will keep you engaged throughout the course of the books. Another reason I enjoyed reading Erny’s work was because of his wide range of themes that made for a easy writing experience. However, I would not recommend Ernest Hemingway if you have trouble or don't like being a perceptive reader, because of the character motivations and emotions will be hard to pick up on, as they are vague and not direct. Also, I found the war setting of a lot of his novels to be a unique point of view, as Hemingway himself spent time fighting in World War 1.

Ari Natansohn said...

After reading five books by Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, To Have and Have Not, Short Stories, Old Man and the Sea) I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and analyzing his work. This is true for a few reasons. The first is that Hemingway is to the point; he does not waste words on meaningless description, and when he does, it has significance. The second is that he created likable, adventurous protagonists that you can root for. Almost all are male and all are cynical, if you like that kind of stuff. Third, and maybe most importantly, the themes are easily traceable. This does not make him an “easy author”, but it does help to realize what message he is trying to send. Lastly, Ernest Hemingway in his time was basically the most interesting man in the world. He really did see it all and experience everything. Anyway, choose well!

Luc Pakey said...

I believe that choosing Ernest Hemingway for your Author Thesis can help you get the best grade possible. His manner of writing and how he chooses to convey main themes will be a helpful tool on your road to success. The way Hemingway writes is clear, simple, and concise. This method is both impactful and easy to understand. Also, he uses symbolism in a great way, showing his environments as places dripping with meaning and metaphor. Simple conversations between characters can have a much larger rapport in comparison to the novel as a whole. My favorites of his five books I read were The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Overall, Hemingway is a great read, his books bursting with interesting characters, engaging plots, and the awareness of a higher, overarching meaning. I highly recommend you pick Hemingway as your author.

Ethan said...

Hemingway is a great author, however not the best Author Thesis author. The three novels that I read were The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms, all being great novels. The only problem is that it was challenging to connect the three and make one strong thesis statement. The three books have themes in common, but only at the surface. The themes don't necessarily come together at a deeper level, which is what is needed for the Author Thesis paper. I founded the same problem with finding evidence to help support my claim. Hemingway is still a great read and an enjoyable author, but my experience with him for author thesis differed.

Nathaniel Lui said...

Personally, I love Ernest Hemingway's works since much of it was based off his own experiences throughout his life. In addition to learning about the author's main message, his novels allows the reader to also learn about his life and the culture and society during that time period. The novels I read were through the perspective of the main protagonist, who was based off of Hemingway during his prime lifetime while he was at war. This allows the reader to experience and comprehend his clear message as well as know how Hemingway's ideas came about. His topics are fairly simply to analyze, however finding a connection between his novels may be difficult if you don’t take clear and important notes/quotes. Overall, I believe readers of all levels are capable and will enjoy Hemingway's novels.

Ned Stabnick said...

I greatly enjoyed Ernest Hemingway's novels because although they seemed simple on the surface, they included much deeper meaning below the surface. I read the three books: The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and The Sea, and To Have and Have Not. I found these books to include many symbols which connected to the meanings of the novel and gave insight into theme if analyzed correctly. Although some of the books are on the shorter side in terms of length, I feel that they included many themes and parts that were deserving of rich analysis. Although the themes were not always the most optimistic, I found they taught important life lessons the reader.

As for the reading portion of the assignment, I greatly enjoyed the reading. I never found myself bored while reading To Have and Have Not and The Sun Also Rises. The Old Man and The Sea was an excellent book too, however I found some of the middle parts a little slow. In general, I feel that I made a great choice with Ernest Hemingway because his books were flawlessly made and he provided themes which proved very useful for analysis.

Abel Sanchez said...

I enjoyed Ernest Hemingway's writing because it flowed so well and had great dialogue between characters. His novels told stories that seemed like they could be real to me, I think the great mark of an author is when a piece of fiction begins to seem like a true story no matter how incredulous it may seem. The novels I read all treaded a similar path and had a grand connection in between the novels, but the nice think was they were totally below surface level, and they came up in strange places which also made me enjoy the novels more. His topics were easy to analyze but hard to find and generalize, but I think that's part of the fun that makes up Ernest Hemingway, he shows us the world through his own lens and doesn't hold back for anyone. In conclusion, I highly recommend Hemingway to anyone who truly loves fiction.

Sophie Chen said...

I would strongly recommend reading Hemingway for AAT because his writing connects many similar themes and tales of war together without telling the same story each time. His writing is unique in it's bluntness and he articulates his main ideas clearly, using descriptions of natural surroundings and the internal turmoil of men themselves. Rather than portraying optimistic aspects of life in the 1900's, Hemingway chooses instead to show the real underlying issues of society, and his writing can also be seen as as critical of humanity itself. While many people may not be attracted to older books with historical themes, Hemingway draws the reader in as he forces them to relate to the characters and understand their suffering on a personal level. In synthesising ideas for my final paper, the transparent nature of his writing allowed me to choose quotes easily that fit my main themes, and even to connect those themes to create a broader thesis on humanity.

Sophie Chen said...

I would strongly recommend reading Hemingway for AAT because his writing connects many similar themes and tales of war together without telling the same story each time. His writing is unique in it's bluntness and he articulates his main ideas clearly, using descriptions of natural surroundings and the internal turmoil of men themselves. Rather than portraying optimistic aspects of life in the 1900's, Hemingway chooses instead to show the real underlying issues of society, and his writing can also be seen as as critical of humanity itself. While many people may not be attracted to older books with historical themes, Hemingway draws the reader in as he forces them to relate to the characters and understand their suffering on a personal level. In synthesising ideas for my final paper, the transparent nature of his writing allowed me to choose quotes easily that fit my main themes, and even to connect those themes to create a broader thesis on humanity.

Mahika Kudlugi said...

Ernest Hemingway's novels are greatly intriguing and dense. Wholesome characters have entire personalities that can be difficult as well as fun for the reader to pick apart. I read The Old Man and the Sea, To Have and Have Not, Islands in the Stream, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories. Hemingway's role in World War I as well his other experiences make their way into his stories. There are several overlapping themes in his books, and it should not be too difficult for a reader to pick at a thread and unravel deeper aspects to his novels. His writing style is honest and descriptive, and he can go on for several pages describing nature or the sea or a character's thoughts. The time periods during which the novels take place and the situations of his characters may make readers feel distanced from the texts, but there are exceedingly identifiable underlying themes if you look a little harder. I would certainly recommend trying out a couple of his books before choosing Hemingway as my author. His writing has so much to offer if you are willing to put in the effort to dig deeper into it.

American Author Thesis

Now that you have written your essay, we ask that you reflect on the reading portion of the experience and write 100-150 words about your author.

Think of what you write as advice for someone next year and beyond, someone who (like you were doing last fall) is thinking about choosing your author - and maybe even the same three books - to read for the assignment.