How does the style reinforce the content of the story, "Soldier’s Home"?

How does the style reinforce the content of the story, "Soldier’s Home"?

How does the style reinforce the content of the story, "Soldier’s Home"?

How does the style reinforce the content of the story, "Soldier’s Home"?

Hemingway’s style is that of a journalist and a soldier: plain, tough, intimate without sounding emotional, trustworthy, direct.  In a word, it is full of ethos, credibility.Hemingway was distrustful of adjectives, false adornment of nouns.  He also rarely used dialogue tags.  He wanted his nouns and conversation to stand out.His fiction establishes realistic feel of the character’s thought process.  In “Soldier’s Home,” which starts in medias res, we feel empathy for the speaker, a member of the lost generation.  But, it is empathy on our terms: because of his bare bones narration, he does not play upon our sympathies.Hemingway uses the following in the story: polysyndeton (lots of “and”), high frequency words, monosyllabic words, articles, 1st person pronouns, action verbs, active tense, simple sentences, short, choppy, compound sentences, , 1st Person (I –oriented), informal (causal), male (macho), ethos (credibility), inductive reasoning, elliptical style (what is not said)Observe the passage:”Nothing was changed in the town except that the young girls had grown up. But they lived in such a complicated world of already defined alliances and shifting feuds that Krebs did not feel the energy or the courage to break into it. He liked to look at them, though. There were so many good-looking young girls. Most of them had their hair cut short. When he went away only little girls wore their hair like that or girls that were fast. They all wore sweaters and shirt waists with round Dutch collars. It was a pattern. He liked to look at them from the front porch as they walked on the other side of the street. He liked to watch them walking under the shade of the trees. He liked the round Dutch collars above their sweaters. He liked their silk stockings and flat shoes. He liked their bobbed hair and the way they walked.Over 70% monosyllabic words.  Hardly any adjectives.  If used, only basic adjectives.  Simple or compound sentences only: no subordination.  Lots of pronouns. This is the way soldier’s speak, especially ones home from war.  The are men of action, not words.  They realize their civilian audiences will not understand the horrors they’ve seen, and so they do not openly communicate.
How does the style reinforce the content of the story, "Soldier’s Home"?
How does the style reinforce the content of the story, "Soldier’s Home"?
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How does the style reinforce the content of the story, "Soldier’s Home"?
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