An Analysis of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast

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When a writer picks up their pen and paper, begins one of the most personal and cathartic experiences in their lives, and forms this creation, this seemingly incoherent sets of words and phrases that, read without any critical thinking, any form of analysis or reflexion, can be easily misconstrued as worthless or empty. When one reads an author’s work, in any shape or form, what floats off of the ink of the paper and implants itself in our minds is the author’s personality, their style. Reading any of the greats, many would be able to spot the minute details that separates each author from another; whether it be their use of dialogue, their complex descriptions, their syntax, or their tone. When reading an excerpt of Hemingway’s A …show more content…
“I said that I did not believe that anyone could write any way except the very best he could write without compromising his talent.” This meta-cognitive piece of writing is an exact reflection of Hemingway’s own work. His clinical tone is maintained straight up to the end of the chapter, where he writes, “I did not know Zelda yet, and so I did not know the terrible odds that were against him. But we were to find them out soon enough.” The gloom that carried us through the chapter concludes with an end that foreshadows more pain and sorrow in the lives of both writers.

While Hemingway’s sullen tone carries the underlying theme of his work, it is Hemingway’s use of details, what he decides to divulge into rich descriptions of and what he chooses to leave a mystery, that opens up a text that comes across as simple to deeper analysis. Hemingway strays away from overly complicated descriptions of events, keeping his thoughts focused on specific descriptions of character, and of personal thoughts and opinions. Hemingway’s detailed explanations in regards to his arguments with Scott, such as their one on whether pneumonia is the correct term for a disease or not, and his detailed recalling of his and Scott’s adventures with a thermometer can easily come across as banal and self-indulgent. His detailed recollections of his first encounter with Scott, where he critiques his facial features, his
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