Ernest Hemingway was an American Author who’s tone and style captivated the world, and drew plenty of attention to him. His short stories “The End of Something” and “A Clean, Well Lighted Place” struck the eyes of numerous critics. These critics analyze his writing tone and style to effectively critique his work. Looking at “The End of Something” and “A Clean, Well Lighted Place” a reader can see the correlation between the critic’s comments, and Hemingway’s writing.
Hemingway has a technique in which he opens some stories with a description of the scenery and geography of the story. In the beginning of “The End of Something, Hemingway gives his readers a description of the logging town of Horton’s Bay, describing it as a once prosperous town due to the logging business. Eventually the logging business dies down, with that, so does the town. All that is left is the decaying mill that once was a symbol of the town’s prosperity. As Laura Godfrey, a Hemingway critic pointed out, “In “The End of Something,” Hemingway evokes a particularly rich and detailed sense of the connection between the dynamic geographies surrounding his characters and the characters’ own emotional geographies (Godfrey 2). Ernest linked the geography and the setting perfectly to the characters in his story and their emotions. The story features Nick Adams and his current girlfriend, Marjorie. Like the town and mill of Horton’s Bay, their love has faded, at least in Nick’s eyes. He then proceeds to break up with her, ending their summer romance. Godfrey wrote, “Before we learn that Nick and Marjorie’s relationship is ending, we are given a dismal picture of the gradual dismantling of the lumber mill…(Godfrey 3). This pre described downfall of the mill is then easily linked to the emotions of Hemingway’s characters giving the story some intensity. As stated by Godfrey, “The setting not only serves as a dramatic backdrop...
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