Peanoski 1Haley PeanoskiThe Writing Styles of Hemingway and FaulknerErnest Hemingway and William Faulkner were both immensely influential and poignantwriters active in the 20th century. Both authors portray distinct styles of writing and uniquecharacteristics that are flagrant in their works. Hemingway and Faulkner pursue a similar pointthrough opposing syntax and diction, which creates different values of virtue in their creations.Their birth places, World War I, and even each other had a considerable amount of influence ontheir writing styles. Both authors also use multiple literary devices andrhetorical strategies toenhance their works, including the use of imagery and metaphors. Some examples of these worksinclude ¨A Rose for Emily”and ¨Barn Burning¨ by Faulkner, and ¨Hills Like White Elephants”andFarewell to Armsby Hemingway. Hemingway and Faulkner are both compelling writerswho share the same overall goals in their stories, and similarly use multiple rhetorical andliterary devices, yet differ through their ways of getting to the point.Ernest Hemingway consistently wrote his works through pithy sentences that lackconnection and detail. It is most common to begin works creating and describing a setting,characters, and main idea, yet Hemingway lacks this proposition. Unlike Faulkner, his usage ofbrief sentences are derived from his belief that there is no connection between those sentences, orhe wants the reader to decide in their own mind what the connection would be. It could also be aderivation of the Lost Generation of writers that was influenced by World War I. This lack ofconnections creates logical fallacies in Hemingway’s compositions.The fault in his writing isnon sequitur, which allows the disconnection between each statement. This faulty discontinuityopens up availability for the reader to interpret and analyze the work in their own way. Thereader is left with the only option to make inferences that are not concrete. The briefness of his
Peanoski 2work provides a lack of detail in each individual sentence;this is known as asyndetic writing,which can describe lack of pronouns and or abridged sentences. In the end of"Hills Like WhiteElephants", Hemingway writes,"He drank an Anis at the bar and looked at the people. Theywere all waiting reasonably for the train. He went out through the bead curtain. She was sitting atthe table and smiled at him." Hemingway puts periods in places where he could easily carry onthe sentence, and keeps each statement brief and to the point which enforces the asyndeton in hisworks. In spite of Faulkner, Hemingway disregards character and setting. This explains whyHemingway’s works can often have multiple meanings whereas Faulkner’s usually onlygenerally have only one real solution, yet in both, the reader must figure out what it is.