Ernest Hemingway

A day’s wait

A day’s wait is a short story written by Ernest Hemingway. It’s story revolves around a sick boy. The short story was written in the first person perspective of the ”caretaker” for the boy. It was written with short sentences, and is easy to read. This was e
specially noticeable from the linesErnestHemingway 65 to 80, where the sentences were short and there was a lot dialogue. The boy in the story does not want anyone to get into his room because he didn’t want for them to be infected from him. This is a very brave move by a nine year-old. He did this because he thought his fever was so high it was deadly. The short story is very well written.

Ernest Hemingway is known as one of the influential style writers, his type of writing is known for having very short sentences and a lot of dialogue. These are measures few people used in his time, but many have since. Contrary to many other writers, a lot of Hemingway’s work are based on his real life experiences. This is also the case for A day’s wait. Hemingway’s word choices are also quite interesting he wrote without using a lot of advanced english words, this way it’s very easy to read his work. He also had an emphasis  on nouns and verbs instead of adjectives and adverbs. This made his texts much more concrete, focusing more on the actual rather than the abstract.

Hemingway’s life

Ernest lived a very fascinating and intriguing life. It all started in Illinois where he was born and raised as the oldest kid with five younger siblings. Right after he finished high school at River Forest, he started to work in the paper: The Kansas City Star, as a journalist. Not lang after he started his job as a journalist the first world war started. During the war he worked as an ambulance driver. This was not the last war he participated in; He later participated in the spanish war and world war II. He wrote his first novel, the sun also rises, in 1926 in Paris. The novel got a lot of attention amongst famous writers in Paris, one of which was Scott Fitzgerald which helped Ernest Hemingway publish his book. This helped kick-start Hemingway’s writing career. After this Hemingway published many great novels and short stories. After a long and successful career Ernest Hemingway got addicted to alcohol and eventually took his own life.

EH 2723P Milan, 1918 Ernest Hemingway, American Red Cross volunteer. Portrait by Ermeni Studios, Milan, Italy. Please credit
EH 2723P Milan, 1918
Ernest Hemingway, American Red Cross volunteer. Portrait by Ermeni Studios, Milan, Italy. Please credit “Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston”.

One Comment Add yours

  1. ann says:

    Well written text both about the short story and about the author Ernest Hemingway and his writing style!


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