Understanding Hemingway's Style

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Published on October 2, 2008

Author: SWVega

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Ernest Hemingway1899-1961 : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School Ernest Hemingway1899-1961 Nobel Laureate Writing Style : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School Writing Style Journalistic - lean, simple, short sentences; hardly any adjectives Principle of iceberg (7/8 under for every 1/8 showing) - forces reader to “read between the lines”; also called “hard-boiled” style Writing Style : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School Writing Style Critical Acclaim - Nobel Prize in 1954 Writing Style : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School Writing Style Literary techniques Flashback Vivid imagery Unique symbolism Writing Style : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School Writing Style Unique Symbolism Light = warmth, security, order/balance Wetness = evil, disaster, impending doom Landscapes Highlands = clear, clean, peaceful, orderly Lowlands = evil, chaos, dirt The Hemingway “Code” : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School The Hemingway “Code” A man can be destroyed, but not necessarily defeated. Man must face all life struggles with courage, intensity, honesty, and grace. The reward is dignity. Loss of hope and faith equals defeat. The Hemingway “Code” cont’d : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School The Hemingway “Code” cont’d Concept of “nada” or “nothingness”: The outcome of life is death, with no life after death. The struggle is the only thing that matters. “We are all losers,” as the outcome of life is death. The Hemingway “Code” cont’d : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School The Hemingway “Code” cont’d Notable Characters - all “manly men” who act “naturally” as nature intended them to Bullfighters Boxers Soldiers Hunters Fishermen Hero Archetypes : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School Hero Archetypes Tutor: Manly man who teaches the “code” Respects opponent Simple and confident Expert at his trade Always calm Usually NOT American Boxers Hero Archetypes cont’d : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School Hero Archetypes cont’d Tyro: Student of the “code” Confused Wounded mentally/physically Insomniac Resembles Hemingway Fears “nada”/ “nothingness Hero Archetypes cont’d : Fall 2008 D. Vega, South Western High School Hero Archetypes cont’d Heroine “Bitch”: Tyro’s woman Greedy Unloving & unkind towards tyro Sarcastic and opinionated Promiscuous - enjoys “wounding” tyro

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