Today someone told me that Ernest Hemingway wrote at a grade 5 level. Basically, if you attained a grade five education, you would have no problem reading Hemingway’s stories.
But, is reading the same as understanding?
When I heard this today I thought about Hemingway’s story, “Hills Like White Elephants.” I thought about someone with a grade 5 education reading this story and I wondered, would they know what they’re reading? My guess is no.
Maybe an older person with a grade 5 education… But not a nine-year-old, that’s for sure.
So where does understanding come from if not from reading or education? Tell me what you think…
Read Hemingway’s story… Tell me what you think. I guess if Hemingway only wrote at a grade 5 level, I shouldn’t assume that he didn’t know what he was writing… Or, maybe he didn’t. I guess we’ll never know for sure.