Hemingway’s style has been described as plain ironic and journalistic In fact

Hemingway’s style has been described as plain, ironic, and journalistic. In fact, this author used to be a writer in the Kansas City Star newspaper, where he mastered “the declarative, subject-verb-object sentence.” He declared in an interview: “On the star you were forced to learn to write a simple declarative sentence. This is useful to anyone. Newspaper work will not harm a young writer and could help him if he gets out of it in time.” Thus, the roots of his style becomes evident. However, there is great value added to his style that not any journalist writer could have achieved. His style gains power because it is full of sensory imagery and metaphor. In the first chapter- the setting of the story- the final words read: “At the start of the winter came the permanent rain and with the rain came the cholera. But it was checked and in the end only seven thousand died of it in the army.” (page 14) Therefore, from the very beginning, Hemingway makes a connection between rain and death: weather metaphors will be used all throughout this part of the novel. He also makes use of irony in this passage when he writes that “only” seven thousand died. The theme of conflict appears repeatedly, and in many different forms intending to portray the harsh life warfare creates. He uses war as a metaphor of life to show its unfairness and ruthlessness. He resorts to dichotomies like the plains/ the mountains, Church /brothel, love/war, Catherine/ Henry to show the readers the ambivalences in life/ war- as two sides of the same coin. His descriptions do not offer many details regarding the character’s background or their physical appearance. Miss Barkley, for instance, is described as “…quite tall. She wore what seemed to me to be a nurse’s uniform

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