Jeffrey C. Burchett — Honors in English
In His Time: Hemingway’s Ice-berg of Anti-War Sentiment
Ernest Hemingway’s writing from the post World War I era has a particularly apparent recurring theme: soldiers are damaged and scarred by their participation in war. Very often, Hemingway’s writing is seen to defend war and the culture and ideals thereof. However, if the literature is examined according to Hemingway’s own maxim that good writing resembles an ice-berg in that seven-eighths of its substance remains unseen below the surface, then the work reveals a different argument altogether. In Our Time, The Sun Also Rises, and A Farewell to Arms really represent a body of anti-war literature informed by the social mores and problems of the postwar era in the United States.