Ernest Hemingway 's A Clean Well Lighted Place, And William Faulkner 's Barn Burning

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American writers, regarded tremendously around the world and produce many of the great novels written. In order to write a good novel, there must be a great author who knows how to manipulate words and phrases to set the mood and let the reader understand how characters feel on a deeper and more personal level; in addition, a great author must also be able to deliver theme across to the reader so the reader can understand what the meaning of the story is, and two of those great authors are William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. In Ernest Hemingway’s “A Clean Well Lighted Place” and William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”, Ernest Hemingway uses a succinct, clean, staccato, and eloquent style of writing in order to show how although one might gain knowledge and wisdom with age, they also simultaneously contemplate the thought of emptiness, loneliness, and quite frankly death. In contrast Faulkner uses a more detailed and compound-complex syntax, which leaves the reader having every detail that happens in the passage, so no outside knowledge or research is needed. As a result, Faulkner 's “Barn Burning” delivers a ponderous theme leaving the reader’s ability to infer practically unnecessary; thus, Hemingway’s ability to challenge the reader and make them infer the theme eclipses Faulkner’s choice to bluntly relay his meaning. Both authors have a unique and definitely distinguishable style, as Faulkner has a detailed and elaborate view and Hemingway has a simple and nearly clean…

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