Effective Writing Style in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises
“The bull charged as Romero charged. Romero’s left hand dropped the muleta over the bull’s muzzle to blind him, his left shoulder went forward between the horns as the sword went in and for just an instant he and the bull were one” (p. 222). Ernest Hemingway is one of the greatest American authors of all time. With his ability to pull the reader into the unfolding story and make them feel like one of the characters, Hemingway excels at showing how a story can take on a life of its own if written correctly. One novel that displays Hemingway's unique style of writing is The Sun Also Rises (1926).
Set in Paris and the Spanish city of Pamplona, this novel is a story of a World War I veteran and writer Jake Barnes and his group of expatriates as they try to find meaning to their lives in Paris in the 1920's. He and his friends convalesce in Paris and then travel to enjoy the fiesta and bullfights in Pamplona. While in Pamplona, some friendships grow stronger and some seem to fall apart as all of them begin to find their true place in the world. In order to convey this story of spiritually lost expatriates, Hemingway institutes a style of writing which incorporates three different traits of the six-trait writing system to produce a novel which devours the reader and pulls them into left-bank Paris of the 1920's within the first few pages. By using a unique style made up of many different aspects of writing, Hemingway achieves a spectacular level of realism in The Sun Also Rises.
According to the Handbook of Literary Terms, "Style combines two elements: the idea to be expressed and the individuality of the author" (Harmon). In The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway uses style to approach situations in a unique way. He refrains from using metaphors or similes and has Jake Barnes narrate the entire story in a very cut-and-dry manner. Along with this stripped type of narration, Hemingway uses three different aspects of the six trait writing system to allow Jake Barnes to describe his life in a style that is unique to Hemingway.
The Sun Also Rises is a story full of complex emotions and hidden agendas. Hemingway uses sentence fluency to reveal these hidden traits and emotions of his characters. Sentence fluency is achieved by "avoiding redundancy, using creative phrasing, and creating a certain rhythm and flow throughout the body of writing" (Six Trait. . .). While Hemingway uses some of the traits of sentence fluency in the novel, the reader is drawn mostly to the lack of sentence fluency in sections. One such example is when Jake returns from an evening out with friends. "There was a crest on the announcement. Like Zizi the Greek duke. And that count. The count was funny. Brett had a title, too. Lady Ashley. To hell with Brett. To hell with you, Lady Ashley" (p. 38). This sudden outburst of emotion, which abruptly disrupts the flow of the page, reveals a...