HOW PEOPLE REMEMBER EVENTS
The world we live in is not exactly an anodyne place due to violence, wars, racism, and conflicts towards others. Some groups such as Neo Nazis bring back a memory of Hitler as they perform their hatred acts towards Jewish and minorities. Some people try to remember past events as they wanted them to have happen and some remember past events as they actually happened. Though some people and some authors remember events as they would like them to happen, some authors such as Ernest Hemingway remember and write events as they really occurred, though he claims A Moveable Feast to be fiction due to liability purpose. In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway demonstrates that his style of writing includes the truth of what he remembers.
Speaking for myself, I prefer to remember past events as they really happened because if I remember them as I would have like them to happen, I know that I would be lying to myself. As an experienced school-related writer, I figured that for authors writing non-fiction work is probably easier because all they have to do is recall what they are going to write about. Unlike fiction which includes having the ability to write a story by section of ideas, making those ideas flow to the next idea, and making the story almost seem non-fiction.
Most authors like Francis Scott Fitzgerald write books about fiction. Fitzgerald writes about a fictional reality, for example the Great Gatsby is a fictional story with a non-fictional plot. Other authors, for example Ernest Hemingway, write stories about what happened to them during their life time. Hemingway experiences what he writes, for example in A Moveable Feast Hemingway write a perfect sentences at a time and he experiences what he is writing about. If the character in his work is dancing, he dances to feel what the character he create feels exactly. In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway uses his experience to write the book as this quote explains: In A Moveable Feast he would remember that one of his accomplishments was a short story about Michigan, and since he wrote it on a wild, cold, blowing day he made it that sort of a day in the story. His memory had played a big role in the development of his work.
Ernest Hemingway writes about the truth being in the memory, but he contradicts it by stating that remembrance is all fiction. Fiction comes from the mind when different memories form together to make a false story with a little touch of truth, so whatever comes from the mind is fiction including remembrance of the past. To support the statement above, the following quote by Hemingway states, “this book is fiction…. No one can write true fact in reminiscences…. All remembrance of things past is fiction…. This book is fiction and should be read as such”
Hemingway’s style of writing about truth is different from many other authors. Hemingway claims to have a different meaning for the word ‘truth’. What makes Hemingway’s truth different from other authors truth is that Hemingway use: a kind of truth that relates to his life. As I was reading Ernst Hemingway, a book by Peter Hays, I encountered a quote about Hemingway that explains what version of truth Ernest Hemingway prefers to talk about in his works and also his usage of theories and myths.
Like all his works, this book, too, is about aesthetics. Hemingway talks about his difficulty in writing on true sentence, presumably along the lines of the exercises Griffin and Baker print, but “truth” for Hemingway obviously means not literally truth, since he also talked about the truth of his fictional stories, but rather true-to-his-sense-of-Life, mythically correct, with complete believability from the reader’s perspective.
That style of writing is what makes Hemingway’s style of writing unique. He writes about truth that relates it to his life and makes the story believable to the person reading it. The quote also says that his fictional stories are not all fiction.
Hemingway is not bothered by the truth. He except everything that happens around him because he believes that there is a purpose for it. For example in the war he was part of, he believed was a necessary war, so he joined. He did not care about violence as he saw it as a human necessity against each other. In the book For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway he announces, “I have fought for what I believed in for a year now. If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it”
Hemingway writes the way he remembers events. He also experiences what he writes so he can write what the character in his story feels at the time. Hemingway chooses to remember the past as it was because he believes that everything in the world is art and even the war were he said that it was worth living and dying for it. Hemingway writes fictions stories that have a lot to deal with truth to his sense of life. He believes that writing one true sentence is better than writing a completely fictional story.