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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

             The tone and style of Ernest Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-lighted Place" can only be describe as swift terse, dialogue almost like listening to conversation. For instance, the two characters often repeated each other, such as in the following quote: "He's drunk now," he said. "He's drunk every night" (142). This type of semantics occurs often throughout the story, the characters would pause or repeat each other, as in actually conversation. Another style used throughout this story is the understated use of language that gages a deeper meaning through irony. In other words, the language used isn't explicit and showy; but instead clear and to the point. This greatly contrasts with other author's, like William Faulkner, who prefers to use pretentious language to explain often simple events. For instance, in "Barn Burning" even though the narrator is only a little boy the language use so passionate that no child could ever envisioned or feel what is written. Hemingway prefers minimalist approach, while at the same time expressing deep problems. For example, the older waiter is reluctant to go to bed because he "dreads solitude and death"(167), but Hemingway dismisses this fear the waiter as mere insomnia; a clear case of verbal irony. Through the protagonist view of nada or nothingness, Hemingway express verbal irony in simply clear cut language. .

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