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Narrative voice 1Obviously it is the third-person narration It is omniscient as reflections and dreams of Santiago are provided Peculiarity of narrative voice is that Santiagos thoughts given as direct monologues - narrator does not provide explanation his own interpretation of what happening with the character Letting a reader himself built more intimate relations with the hero The whole text is pure narration without any insertion of authors meditations 2 Nevertheless the narrative voice is reliable and can be treated as reverend in attitude to the old man 3 On the face of it the tone of the book seems somewhat pessimistic but I would rather call it placid and unhurried like a sea Culmination is not accompanied with great burst of energy Importance of the moment is perceived inwardly The tone is introvert thus all is endured at heart Moreover in the melancholy of the tone the hope is easily peeped out 3Reason for asceticism of the narrative voice Hemingway himself explained as his disinclination to write about what was already satisfactory described by other writers His conception of literature is to encourage readers to create the novel in their own minds Hemingway tried to leave out all unnecessary details in order to pass his own experience in such a way as to be sure that the reader would fill that this is already a part of their own experience All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you the good and the bad the ecstasy the remorse and sorrow the people and the places and how the weather was If you can get so that you can give that to people then you are a writer Esquire Dec 1934 Old Newsman Writes Literary artistry 1In structure the
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