Compare and contrast: Hemingway v. Faulkner
Each writer has its very own and unique style when writing a story. The style a writer uses to write a story shows the tone being use, symbolism, characterization and description, enough for the reader to understand the story. Two well-known writers with completely different styles are Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. “Faulkner uses many words to weave an intricate picture in the reader's head of what is going on, and Hemingway uses many monosyllabic words to create a seemingly simple story” (Dayan). Their similarities and differences in style are seen when comparing and contrasting two of their famous short stories, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway and “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner. Ernest Hemingway’s story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” uses simple words that directly mean what they stand for. Hemingway uses simple, less complex words to describe both characters and setting. Examples of it are found in the title, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” (Hemingway 141). The two waiters describe the customer as a “clean old man...a good client” (Hemingway 141). Hemingway’s word choice was blunt and to the point. The word usage does not let the reader get funny ideas or leeway to think anything other than what Hemingway says. Hemingway’s style reflects when the young waiter states the old man is “drunk” (Hemingway 141). The young waiter does not suggest he was tipsy or that he seemed intoxicated, he simply meant he was drunk. On the other hand, William Faulkner’s use of words are more complicated due to the fact they are slang and misspelled. Some misspelled words and slang are “kin...hisn...and hit” (Faulkner 145) which stands for the words can, his, and it. The reason for the use of a southern accent is to set the mood of where the story takes place. Racist slurs such as “nigger” (Faulkner 146) are used to build a certain attitude toward the character who says them. Faulkner describes the...
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