Earnest Hemingway

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Now here is why he is what he is by writing about what he was. Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, to Dr. Clarence Hemingway and Grace Hall Hemingway. Oak Park was a mainly Protestant, upper middle-class suburb of Chicago that Hemingway would later refer to as a 'town of wide lawns and narrow minds" (Gerogiannis 188)...
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The second among six children, Ernest spent the first two years of his life dressed as a girl by his mother. She called him 'Ernestine' and fantasized that he was the twin of his older sister, as she dressed them both in matching dresses and gave them similar hairstyles (Rozkis 233) As he grew older, however, his father stepped in and insisted that Ernest be 'raised like a man,' teaching Ernest how to behave and introducing him at a young age to hunting, fishing, and boxing, all activities in which he would stay interested for the rest of his life (Gerogiannis) It is perhaps this early start at questioning his manliness and his father's attempts to drive any femininity out of him that instilled his characteristic obsession with proving his masculinity throughout his life...
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