OLD MAN AND THE SEA

20. HEMINGWAYS STYLE
HEMINGAY’S PROSE STYLE

Q:10 Discuss briefly Hemingway’s prose style. P.U. 2006.
Q:11 Is Hemingway’s style unique and superb?
Ans. Hemingway’s literary prose style is universally recognized. His prose style is probably the most widely imitated in the 20th century. It represents one of the great responses of that literature of war. homelenssness and broken faith. It is a prose whose great uotentien is to get straight, “the facts of the matter.” This^rose style is greatly colloquial and simple. Typically the sentences are short and declarative. The aim, as Hemingway often said, was to get the thing “the way it was.”
Hemingway’s prose style is easily recognized. It is chiefly characterized by a conscientious simplicity of diction and sentence-structure. The words are normally short, resonant and common ones. There is a strict economy, and also a curious freshness, in their use. His words strike us as if they were pebbles fetched fresh from a brook. The effect is of crispness, cleanness, clarity and a conscious care. The impression, therefore, is of intense objectivity. There are many examples in the novel, “The Old Man and The Sea’ that prove Hemingway’s simple diction. ‘Everyday is a new day,1 everything about him was old except his eyes,’ ‘his hope and his confidence had never gone,’ and so on.
The dialogue is equally striking in Hemingway’s prose style. He had an acute ear for the accents and mannerisms of human speech. That is why, he was able to bring a character quickly to life. The conversation is, however, far from a simple reproduction of the way people talk. The dialogue strips speech to an essential pattern of mannerisms and responses. It gives an illusion of reality that reality itself would not give. The novel is replete with such dialogues such as, “who is the greatest manager, really, Luque or Mike Gonzalez?”
“I think they are equal.”
“And the best fisherman is you.”
No. I know others better.” Que’va” the boy said. “There are many good fisherman and some great ones. But there is only you.”
Another example is quoted that surfaces reality itself. Now we fish together again.”
“No I am not lucky. I am not lucky anymore.”
“The hell with luck,” the boy said. “I’ll bring the luck with me.”,
It proves that Hemingway’s use of dialogue was similarly fresh, simple and natural-sounding.
Hemingway’s style is characterized by crispness, freshness, straight dialogue and emotional understatement. His writings brought a profound influence on American writers of his time. He is the genuine writer who brings • i ward ideas through first hand writing expression. He does not 1:0 beyond his personal experiences. That is why, he is ai, M> in every word, in every sentence, in every para and in every ape of his writings. It is simple, straight forward and unembellished. He tells us the story in what might be called straight journalism but because he is a master of transmitting emotion. A study of his dialogue will reveal us that this is really the way people really speak. But there is no spontaneity in his style. His several-years in newspaper job make him to report facts crisply.
The style is simple, even to the point of monotony. The characteristic sentence is simple, or compound; and if compound, then- is no implied subtlety in the co-ordination of the clauses. He paragraph structure is, characteristically, based on a simple sequence. There is an obvious relation between his style and the characters and situations with which the author is concerned. He is also a poet. His sensation to the light, colour, and atmosphere of particular places is lyrical. His ability to suggest an emotional atmosphere is remarkable. He is unquestionably a master in literary craftsman. It is different style that won him the Noble Prize for Literature. (171)