Hemingway’s literary style:-
Hemingway is a renowned novelist of English literature. He is the first American novelist to have raised the status and function of English novel as a form of literary expression. He has written six novels. All these novels have got world-wide popularity. Hemingway has used a very convincing and powerful prose style in his novels especially in “The Old Man and the SEA”.
He has used a very superb writing style in the novel, “The Old Man and the Sea”.
“The Old Man and the Sea” is the most celebrated novel of Hemingway. This novel has unique importance in the history of English novels. Most of its lines and sentences are used as quotations. They are simple and full of message;
- Man is not made for defeat.
- A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
- Struggle matters not success.
- It is silly not to hope.
- Every day is a new day.
These quotations are quotable examples of his style. Hemingway’s is the most quotable novelist in the history of English novel.
Hemingway uses symbols in the writing. These symbols increase the beauty of the novel. For example, mandolin is a symbol of Santiago’s youthful strength. He stands for sympathetic and sincere friend. But Santiago’s struggle is the symbol of bravery, patience and determination. Marlin is the symbol of difficult objectives which are sometime achievable and sometime we cannot achieve. Sharks stand for destructive and negative forces of nature. They symbolize the dark aspect of life which is full of challenges;
“Hemingway’s style commands the most respect”
The prose style of Hemingway in this novel “The Old Man and the SEA” is easily recognized. There is conscientious simplicity of diction and sentence. The sentences are easy to understand. He has the command of having economy words. He uses few words to describe much. The words are normally short and common ones. There is also a curious freshness in their use. It is remarkable intellectual style. The novel is a master piece of Hemingway’s writing style. His style is simple clear, convincing and easy to understand.
In short, it would not be exaggeration to say that Hemingway has been acknowledged as the greatest English novelist due to his convincing style in The prose style of Hemingway in this novel “The Old Man and the SEA” is easily recognized. There is conscientious simplicity of diction and sentence.