Hemingway’s Strong Influence on the 20th Century Fiction

Maquebool Ahmed


Hemingway cast a great influence on 20th century fiction. He fathered a distinctive protagonist and taciturn style which reflects his sensibility well. Hemingway attempts in "The Old Man and The Sea" a more allegorical dramatization of his theme of "A man can be destroyed but not defeated". It was perhaps Hemingway‟s own sense of life which provides to him an adequate foundation for artistic endeavor in the "The Sun Also Rises". His style in "The Sun Also Rises" is gripping and it is written in a lean, hard, athletic narrative prose that "puts more literary English to shame." The novel is written in spare, tight prose that influences countless crime and pulp fiction novels and makes Hemingway famous across the globe. Hemingway met influential painters such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Juan Gris. They may have bearing upon the pictorial quality of his writing. Hemingway's prose may be simple as well as deceptive. The photographic snapshot style creates a collage of images. Some critics have characterized Hemingway's work as misogynistic and homophobic. Hemingway scholar Hallengren believes that the "hard boiled style" and the machismo must be separated from the author himself. Hemingway is a widely read novelist even today and most of the readers read him for his captivating narration, the cinematographic effect that he produces vividly.

Keywords: battered, expatriate, skeletal, polysyndetonic, cinematic, haikus, multiculturalism, apologetics, machismo, etc.

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