Ernest Hemingway's Advice To A Son

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American novelist and poet Ernest Hemingway’s social commentary about parental pressures leading to mental illnesses, is an issue impacting youth today which demands our attention and greater community awareness. His illustrious poem Advice to a Son will be analysed, resulting in a comparison of other sources from pop culture which similarly complement and explore this confronting youth issue. The poem essentially highlights the influence and strain parents have on their children to reach unattainable expectations, sometimes leading to the diagnosis of a mental illness. Advice to a Son is about the dangers of parental demands, rather than ongoing encouragement. Hemingway could not have known the extent to which this topic would become in youth today. It is difficult to disregard the poem’s affective message about the risk factors associated with the influence of parents. Known as parental pressure; “it is when a parent puts too much strain on their child to force them to exceed. This issue is something that parents always notice other parents doing, but never notice that they are doing it themselves.” The condition was reinstated to…show more content…
He showed this literary technique by reiterating situations relating to World War I; which he was injured in. Repetition of the word “never” denotes the strong belief the parent has; striving for their child to excel at life by not making the same mistakes they made. This adverb is symbolic of the child who is silenced by the emphatic parent. The overuse of this word should serve to engage and teach us, a generation in need of a reminder, that we can’t go through life living up to the expectations of those around us, because the repeated word ‘never’ will seem to become ‘never’-ending. The “never” is relevant and comprehensive, as Hemingway summarizes both the rich details of one person’s experience, yet a whole view on humanity and youth
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