Ernest Hemingway

July 21, 2009 at 8:11 am | Posted in Lifescape | 2 Comments

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

What American high school student hasn’t at one time found The Old Man and
the Sea
on his English class syllabus? In an effort to understand the meaning
behind the story, most of these same high school students read the annotated notes, which were usually longer than
the book itself. Ernest Hemingway
won a Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1953, and a Nobel Prize for Literature in
1954 — the latter, for the body of his work, but especially for his novella
about a fisherman who struggles to bring in a giant marlin. Hemingway, who was born on this date in
1899, said of the meaning behind the tale, “There isn’t any symbolism. The sea
is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish.
The sharks are all sharks, no better and no worse… What goes beyond is what
you see beyond when you know.”

The Hemingway hero is a man whose concepts are shaped by his view of death, that
in the face of death a man must perform certain acts and these acts often
involve enjoying or taking the most he can from life.

– He will not talk about his concepts.

– He is a man of intense loyalty to a small group because he can’t accept abstract things.

– He does not talk too much. He expresses himself not in words,
but in actions. The Hemingway man is not a thinker, he is a man of
action. But his actions are based upon a concept of life.

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  1. His writing was simple, bullshit free, and I find myself reading them again and again.

  2. Do you know which one of Hemingway’s work of literature the quote, “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” came from?


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