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A Comparative Analysis of the Use of Literary Techniques in Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway and Black Man and White Woman in a Dark Green Rowboat by Russel Banks
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Markham 1 In order for a writer to make his readers understand the hidden meanings of events literary techniques such as characterization point of view symbolism setting and them must be present The serious writers goal is not to tell us a story to entertain or to move us but to make us think and to make us understand the deep and hidden meaning of events This quote by Maupassant reveals why Hemingway the author of the short story Hills Like White Elephants and Russell Banks the author of Blackman and White woman in a dark green Rowboat use literary techniques Ann Charters says in appendix III of The Story and Its Writer in all successful fiction characters come alive as individuals They must materialize on the page through the accumulation of details about their appearance actions and responses as seen heard and felt physical realities Hemingway in Hills Like White Elephants tells us little about the physical appearance of the characters Jig and her boyfriend We do not even know the first name of the man The lack of physical details about the characters makes them less than flesh and blood to most readers However Hemingway is able to reveal the figure of his characters through their thinking For instance Jig boyfriend says But I dont want anybody but you I dont want any one else This shows how Jigs boyfriend like most young guys is not ready to keep up with the responsibilities of pregnancy Unlike Hemmingway Banks gives the physical details about his characters He describes the Black man as tall slender and muscular He also describes the white woman as a girl actually twenty or maybe twenty-one Like Hemmingway Bankss Markham 2 characters remain anonymous This allows the reader to understand the meaning of the story through the characters thinking We often discover we are familiar with certain ideas expressed in novels or short stories However the
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