Modern Narrative-Ernest Hemmingway

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“In modern narrative, it is not so much what story is told, but the way it is told that captivates the reader.” This statement is true of Ernest Hemingway’s writing style used in his novels. An example of this is in his novel The Sun Also Rises. His unique writing style sparked reader’s interests from the beginning of his career in the 1920s. His simple and direct prose complemented by the use of short and factual sentences and his repetitive dialogue demanded that readers look beyond the surface. Hemingway termed this technique as the Iceberg Theory. Hemingway was certainly successful in achieving what he thought an ideal writer’s style should be which is, “direct and personal, his imagery rich and earthy, and his words are simple and vigorous, burnished and uniquely brilliant”. The concept of the Hemingway hero or “code hero” is also another product of Hemingway’s style. When his novels were first published, the public readily accepted them and they are still being praised today. Hemingway has used his style to captivate readers of the novel The Sun Also Rises with the use of his most famous and praised concepts and theories to highlight the complex characterization, symbolism, themes, the setting and motifs throughout The Sun Also Rises which definitely kept the reader entertained. In The Sun Also Rises Hemingway’s style is simple, direct and somewhat plain and he avoids using direct statements and descriptions of emotion. He never explicitly states that Jake and the other expatriates’ lives are aimless or that their aimlessness is as a result of the war. However he implies these ideas through the use of the characters’ emotional and mental lives and hence the theme of aimlessness is brought out effectively. Hemingway uses few adjectives and adverbs, he writes concise and vivid dialogue and readers are able to read between the lines to gain

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