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What is the reason that prevented Ernest Hemingway from serving in the U.S. army during...

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simpleheart | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 20, 2009 at 3:38 AM via web

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What is the reason that prevented Ernest Hemingway from serving in the U.S. army during World War I?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 19, 2009 at 2:48 AM (Answer #1)

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When Hemingway was a boy, his father arranged to have a older professional boxer give his son boxing lessons. During the first lesson, the old pro broke Heminway's nose and inflicted what turned out to be a permanent eye injury on young Hemingway. This injury kept him from being accepted into the U.S. army and is the reason he was forced to volunteer for the Italian ambulance corps. This might have been a fortunate injury for Heminway because he used his Italian experience as a basis for several short stories and the novel "A Farewell to Arms."

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