Islands in the Stream, a novel of Ernest Hemingway, an American writer, published in 1970, is one of the posthumous works of Hemingway. It tells a story about painter Thomas’s rugged experiences. In Islands in the Stream, Hemingway shows his understanding of death by describing the characters and the environment.
Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899 - 1961) An American novelist and the winner of the Nobel prize in Literature. Hemingway’s literary creation is closely connected with his legendary life and the main topic of his works is death. Hemingway’s exploration of death consciousness is a process from escaping death, confronting death to overcoming death. Islands in the Stream is Hemingway’s later work, in this stage, Hemingway thought that human can overcome death in mental to realize the value of life. The paper first introduces what is death consciousness, then analyzes the death consciousness in Islands in the Stream. Finally the paper analyzes the influence that death consciousness brings to Hemingway and to the world, and provides reference for the research of Hemingway’s death consciousness.
Key words: Hemingway; Islands in the Stream; death consciousness
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 1
1.1 An Introduction of Ernest Miller Hemingway 1
1.2 An Introduction of Islands in the Stream 1
1.3 Researches on Hemingway’s Death Consciousness 2
2. Hemingway’s Death Consciousness 3
2.1 Escaping Death 4
2.2 Confronting Death 4
2.3 Overcoming Death 5
3. Hemingway’s Death Consciousness in Islands in the Stream 6
3.1 Escaping the death of his two little sons 6
3.2 Confronting the death of his left son 8
3.3 Triumphing over evil with his life 9
4. The Influence of Hemingway’s Death Consciousness 10
5. Conclusion 11
Hemingway's Death Consciousness in Islands in the Stream
1.1 An Introduction of Ernest Miller Hemingway
Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had influenced the 20th-century fiction a lot, as well as his life experience of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. The majority of his works were produced between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and in 1954, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered as classics of American literature.
Hemingway’s war experiences highly influenced his writing style. In World War I, Hemingway joined the American Red Cross battlefield service organization, and threw himself into the battlefield of Italy. After World War I, Hemingway was awarded the military exploit medal and the silver medal by the Italy government, and attained the rank of lieutenant. He saw his 237 battles scars as a badge of honor, as well as the painful memories that the war brought to him.
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