Loss And Loss In Ernest Hemingway

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Nothingness, loss, suffering and the fear of memories Ernest Hemingway's readers frequently encounter the ubiquitous presence of nothingness which is “a state where nothing is present, or where nothing exists that is important or gives meaning to life” (Learners 2013: 1047). The First World War was a cause of confusion and loss not only in the social sphere but also in personal relationships. Hemingway's characters question their existence and are haunted by the constant threat of that meaningless lives and this omnipresent feeling, that there is no reason to exist, which shapes Hemingway's heroes' everyday routine and daily struggles. In this empty, emotionless world ideas of love or reli-gion are no longer valid. A reader is confronted with Hemingway’s obsession with disillu-sionment and grief which he confronted with nostalgic memories. Nostalgic fantasies are perceived as remedies helping to face the pain, which a consequence of disappointing reali-ty (Boker 1996: 206).…show more content…
According to Boker it was “the nostalgic fantasy which allowed Hemingway to acknowledge the fact of loss and disappointment, but at the same time to recapture in fantasy, and through the reveries of memory, a lost ideal state of the self” (1996: 253). The meaning of the loss is not homogeneous, different short stories portray different aspects of losing something – either metaphorically, like the loss of happiness, or literally, like losing a wife. I would like to put forward a hypothesis that Hemingway's loss also very often does not only mean emptiness after losing a thing but an unfulfilled void because something has never actually
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