Ernest Hemingway: Influence on Society
“Better to be a strong man with a weak point, than to be a weak man without a strong point…” (William J. H. Boetcker). This quotation illustrates that a person with a great amount of talent and has a unfavorable flaw is more desirable than a person with no strong point at all. This quotation applies to many exceptional and influential American writers, such as J.D. Salinger, Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allen Poe and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Among these American authors who had undesirable and unfavorable flaws was Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was by far one of the most influential writers in his time.
Hemingway has had an enormous influence on many American writers’ witting styles. He also introduced a new writing style to the world of American literature and made all of his works relatable to the average person. “Hemingway influenced a generation of American writers and perhaps two generations of American men…” (Eric Foner and John A. Garraty).
Hemingway’s style was seen as revolutionary and loved by many other artists. Terry Tempest Williams stated, “Hemingway has been a powerful mentor, in terms of what it means to create a landscape impressionistically on the page…” (The Influence of Ernest Hemingway Criticism). Hemingway had such an impact on authors that even the people that didn’t like his work thought that he was a very important element in American literature. Annie Proulx, who admitted she was not a fan of Hemingway’s literary work, also admits Hemingway’s work is “important” (The Influence of Ernest Hemingway Criticism).
“Hemingway has had an enormous influence on American writers, mainly because of his unique writing style. He used simple nouns and verb and still able to capture the scene precisely.”(Ernest Hemingway). It was this unique and minimalist writing style that authors admired and adapted to. Many authors after him and during his time looked at him like a mentor, in terms of their writing career. James Nagel said “Hemingway is one of the finest stylists in English” and “gave rise to the minimalist movement in American fiction…” (Ernest Hemingway – Biography). Harold Bloom pronounced Hemingway a “minor novelist with a major style.” Hemingway’s style was by far one of the biggest reasons that Hemingway was so important to American literature.
One of the road blocks many artists have trouble dealing with is effectively relating to their audiences. Hemingway had no problem with this road block, he was very effective in relating to his readers and creating characters that seemed so real and authentic. “Hemingway made the reading of the story as close to the actual experience as possible. Authenticity in writing was important to him and he felt that one’s treatment of a subject in writing was more honest if the person had actually experienced it or observed the subject closely.” (Ernest Hemingway) Hemingway himself stated in an interview “…some come from real life. Mostly you invent people from a knowledge and understanding and experience of people.”
When asked “Are the characters of your work taken without exception from real life?” Even though Ernest Hemingway had many flaws and troubles that lead to his downfall as an author its clear to see that he has made a very prominent impact in the literary and social world. Through to creation of a unique style of writing which so many people liked including the people who were not fans of his work. Hemingway also impacted by serving as a “mentor” to many young artist and even artist of his time, in terms of their literary career. By far the most important way he impacted America socially by how effectively he was able to relate to his readers, by providing them with extraordinary stories and in the end just entertaining and captivating the people; which is all that really matters.