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  1. Hemingway's Descriptive technique

    Both of these concepts influenced Hemingway greatly, and we can see the effect of this influence clearly in his writing. The novel. "A Farewell to Arms" is narrated entirely from Frederick Henry's point of view. He has a very distinct way of describing things-short and crisp. Throughout the novel, though Henry is surrounded on all sides by death, destruction and the wreckage of war, never once do we see him dramatizing or romanticizing it. He has what one might call a "reporter's eye"-everything is portrayed as if being reported by a journalist, concentrating only on the concrete facts and nothing else.

    • Word count: 1178
  2. Discuss how the writer explores conflict in Ernest Hemingway's "The End of Something" and Graham Swift's "Chemistry"

    The family was close family before Ralph met his mother. They had a stable relationship even though there was an underlying current. Both "Chemistry" and "The End of Something" are centred on the theme of water. The story of "Chemistry" is centred on a pond, where the young boy and his grandfather sail their toy boat. They both share the same interests and it is obvious that there is no animosity between the two. The way the young boy talks about his grandfathers is enough to show that he thinks a lot of him and respects him for who he is.

    • Word count: 1204
  3. Is age significant for an understanding of the old man's burdens?

    Hemingway contrasts light and dark to show the difference between the old man and the young people around him. In addition he uses the old man's deafness as an image in his separation from the rest of the world. Near the end of the story, the author shows us the desperate emptiness of a life near finished without the fruit of its labor, and the aggravation of the old man's restless mind that cannot find peace. Throughout this story stark images of desperation show the old man's life at a point when he has realized the futility of life and finds himself the lonely object of scorn.

    • Word count: 1080
  4. Analysis: A Clean, Well-lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

    The second character is the young waiter. He seems to be impatient with the old man when he forced the old man to leave the caf�, hoping that he (young waiter) can return home to his wife by a decent hour. He does not understand the importance of the clean and well-lighted caf� to the old man. It is also noticeable that he does not favor old age and even described it as a "nasty thing". The last main character is the old waiter who shares a similar plight with the old man.

    • Word count: 1256
  5. Symbolism in Cat in the Rain

    and are "only two Americans"(l.1). Here it is interesting to notice that they are isolated from the outside world but also from each other. There is no communication and they have no contact, they are distant from each other. Then this isolation is accentuated because of the weather, it is raining. The rain is part responsible for the fact that they have to stay in their room. Nevertheless, the rain has a symbolic meaning together with the description of the public garden. It represents as suggests the critic John V.

    • Word count: 1329
  6. How Does Hemingway use Economy In

    Another way that Hemingway achieves economy is through sentence length. When describing nature and motion Hemingway uses long descriptive, interesting sentences with imagery, however when the subject is Nick and Marjorie's relationship short, abrupt sentences are used. This could be seen as another way that Hemingway conveys the boring side of their relationship. The description is so detailed when they are fishing, " ran the second line out the same way", that it gives the impression that they are focused on their jobs in order to avoid having to focus on their failing relationship.

    • Word count: 1069
  7. Ernest Hemingway's - The Killers - review

    Yes, r****m is wrong in others views but Hemingway told the story how it would be. This is how the audience could establish the time. Around 1920s as of the r****m, the diner and the language. The language used, in a script form, was very good how Hemingway set the scene without it being fully narrated. During the hold up in the diner Al and Max had strong communication between each other. Hemingway had also set the time, even with useless dialog as they argue about the clock being 10 minutes fast. Al and max were good criminals, they got what they wanted.

    • Word count: 1228
  8. How does Hemingway introduce the two main characters in The Old Man and the Sea?

    from handling heavy fish on the cords", the scars being "as old as erosions in a fishless desert", wonderfully describing his predicament and the appearance of the scars. We are also told, also in a throw-away manner that the Old Man is covered with "benevolent skin cancer", however, we are told nothing more of it as if it were unimportant. The dialogue that follows is very revealing about the relationship between the man and the boy, of whom we have had no description so far.

    • Word count: 1144
  9. Hemingway's graphic portrait of the lost and wounded post-World War I generation presented in The Sun Also Rises.

    He was a literalist...hardly qualified for tragedy. (56) Hemingway, via Jake Barnes, methodically illustrates each aforementioned attribute. For instance, Cohn's stinginess is clearly evident as he entreats Jake to buy him a double-tapered fishing line, but insists on paying later rather than now. Moreover, as Cohn becomes enamored with Lady Ashley, he attempts to excise himself from Frances by buying her off, as she confesses that Cohn offered her a hundred pounds to visit friends in England. Frances, though, would not settle and so he bargained with her till they both agreed on two hundred pounds.

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  10. A biography of Ernest Hemingway.

    This was definitely a most terrifying moment for the young Hemingway. After being seriously injured weeks later, Hemingway found himself recovering at a hospital in Milan. After his stay at the American Hospital in Milan, Hemingway was relieved of duty (Mitran 1). Having no other purpose in Europe, he returned unhappily to Oak Park, Illinois. The impression left on Hemingway by his stay in Italy had changed him profoundly. He never really returned to America as an America(Meyer 115). When Hemingway returned home from Italy in January of 1919 he found Oak Park dull compared to the adventures of war, the beauty of foreign lands, and the romance of an older woman.

    • Word count: 1625
  11. Dimensions and Theme in The Killers.

    In The Killers, there are totally three main scenes: Henry's lunchroom, Hirsch's rooming house, and again Henry's lunchroom. The first scene opens with two strangers entering Henry's lunchroom, where George is waiting on Nick Adams at the counter. The strangers, Al and Max, try unsuccessfully to order from the diner menu, then settle for sandwiches, after which their small talk turns ugly. Al takes Sam the cook and Nick into the kitchen, gags and ties them up, and then he and Max reveal that they are waiting to kill the heavyweight prize fighter Ole Andreson when he comes to have dinner at six o' clock.

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  12. Hemingway's short story, "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" .

    When the story begins, the old deaf man is sitting outside the Spanish caf� in the shadow of the leaves of a tree that was made against the electric light. The narrator says, "The two waiters inside the caf� knew that the old man was a little drunk, and while he was a good client they knew that if he became too drunk he would leave without paying, so they kept a watch on him" (289). From this it seems that the old drunken man is very lonely and sits alone in a pleasant place to drink away his sorrows.

    • Word count: 1157
  13. Critical Analysis of Soldier's Home

    Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899 into an upper-middle class family. His childhood was not traumatic, but as he grew older, his hostility towards his father and mother increased. He saw his father as a "weak and ineffectual" (#87) man, and his mother as "strict and domineering" (#87). He entered World War 1 as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in Italy at the beginning of the United States' involvement. He was wounded by shrapnel in both legs and confined to a hospital bed in Italy, where he fell in love with the nurse who treated him.

    • Word count: 1180
  14. Compare and contrast ‘The End of Something’ by Ernst Hemingway and ‘Here We Are’ by Dorothy Parker

    The mill is described in detail and the phrases used are specialised for that purpose. Words such as "schooners" and "lumber" are repeated and illustrate the type of machinery connected with the mill. As Nick and Marjorie are fishing, vocabulary explicitly referring to fishing are often used. "Striking", "ventral fin", and "rainbow trout" are words associated with fishing. There is also repetition of cold destructive words such as "dark" and "steel". These words have sinister connotations and the use of them hints at something bad.

    • Word count: 1464
  15. Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-lighted place" analysis

    The first character is the old man, who is deaf, yet he enjoys the stillness of the night. For this reason, he is sitting at an outdoor table, in the shadow of a tree. The old man drinking alone, and it’s near closing time at the café. There are two waiters working in the café, an older one and a younger one. From experience, the waiters know that if the old man drinks too much, he is likely to leave without paying his tab.

    • Word count: 1361
  16. Exploring the Iceberg: In Hills like White Elephants, Hemingways austere syntax consists mainly of short dialogue and undetailed descriptions

    I wouldn?t have you do it if you didn?t want to. But I know it?s perfectly simple.? ?And you really want to?? ?I think it?s the best thing to do. But I don?t want you to do it if you don?t really want to.? ?And if I do it you?ll be happy and things will be like they were and you?ll love me?? ?I love you now. You know I love you.? ?I know. But if I do it, then it will be nice again if I say things are like white elephants, and you?ll like it?? ?I?ll love it. I love it now but I just can?t think about it.

    • Word count: 1742

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare and contrast ‘The End of Something’ by Ernst Hemingway and ‘Here We Are’ by Dorothy Parker

    "The two stories are very ambiguous and the authors invite the readers to read between the lines and make their own conclusions. Terminology is used to illustrate the machinery and fishing in 'The End of Something' but words are not specialised in 'Here we are', although idioms are used. Nick and Marjorie have been together for a long time and are comfortable with each other, but their relationship is coming to an end. In 'Here we are' the man and girl are newly wed and in a new and unfamiliar relationship. The train journey is the journey into married life, which has only just begun for them. In both stories, there is suspense and tension throughout brought on by the language, style and dialogue between the characters. The language used and how the characters respond to each other allows us to form informed opinions of them."

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