Popular Culture

Popular Culture
Scott Sellers
July 26, 2012
Dr. Rodney Luster

Popular Culture
The novel I selected to critique is For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940).   Also do to the fact about the author Ernest Hemingway.   His life’s experiences intrigued me because his hobbies of hunting and fishing, life in war and misfortune with love.   Later for me to learn he received the Nobel Prize in Literature and to commit suicide on July 2, 1961.
Hemingway born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899 did have other works and writings that were noticed also to include: short stories and other novels.   His career as a writer began as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star at the age of 17.   He only did this for a few months because he joined the American Field Service Ambulance Corps which lead him to Italy and fighting for the Allies.   This sole experience of brutalities in war on his first day at the Italian front of continuous picking up mutilated body parts left him shocked and disturbed.   He later was wounded on July 8, 1918, then to be convalesced in a Milan American Red Cross hospital.   This is where he meets a nurse, Sister Agnes von Kurowsky which helped him create his first novel, A Farewell to Arms.
I grew up with different opinions also, which lead me to believe that For Whom the Bell Tolls was his most significant influential works.   Meanwhile, he gained his experiences to write the novel from being a reporter during the Spanish Civil War.   This novel is about an American dynamiter fighting with Spanish rebels to then befriend comrades and find love all in a three day period.   The literature fits the genre of a war time novel but how Hemingway writes is very unorthodox then other authors.   He used short sentences, short first paragraphs and explicit English.   His manner of writing was unconventional and unusual for the time period, let alone in the career of writing and literature.   It would be an understatement to conclude his works as ordinary or basic....