Hemingway and Minimalism

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Hemingway & minimalism

* Indian Camp * Making something as small as possible * As few details as possible * In architecture: light and simple * Minimal dialogue + symbols * Cutting a long story short * “Iceberg-technique”

FOR SALE: BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN. Short story by Hemingway

* Perhaps a miscarriage * In a shop? * Shopaholic * Someone who gave up the baby plans * Just six words makes the reader think and wonder

A very short story A 5 sentence summary of the text The text is about an American soldier, who gets wounded in Italy, where he falls in love with his nurse, Luz. They decide to get married and move to America. The soldier moves there first, and then Luz was supposed to come over later, but she has an affair with an Italian major, but they don’t get married either. In the end, they lose all contact and the soldier gets gonorrhoea. a) What is the point of view? Omniscient. Who is the protagonist? The American soldier. Probably Hemingway, as it is mostly based on his own life. Is the ending open or closed in your opinion? I think the ending is closed, because you get closure. b) Characterize “him” and Luz: The protagonist is an American soldier. He is very likely based on Ernest Hemingway, as most of his work is based on his own life, and it fits very well with the story about how he fell in love in the war. Luz was a nurse in Italy. She was very loveable and all the patients liked her. However she turns out to be unfaithful, as she has an affair with an Italian major. Describe their relationship They are very much in love, and rush into ideas of marriage. In the end it doesn’t happen however, because Luz has an affair with an Italian major. The couple then loses all contact. What other…...

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