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In The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway uses his unique writing style to strengthen the themes expressed in the novel Throughout the narrative it is clear that Jake Barnes and his friends do not have much to hang onto however on various occasions the reader can easily see that Jake truly admires good style and technique regardless of the context Whether he is describing the how-tos of getting rid of a friend the best way to fish in Burguete or the explicit details of great bullfighting Jake constantly reminds the reader of the importance of style and grace This style that Jake respects and admires is exactly what Hemingway achieves in his novel At first glance the book may seem simple and straightforward but upon closer examination it becomes evident that Hemingway chose almost every word or phrase with a very specific purpose in mind Hemingways simple style of writing is responsible for focusing the readers attention to the repetitious and cyclic lives of the characters while his incessant lack of details represents the empty or almost meaningless lives of Jake and his friends Thus the style that he deploys in his writing corresponds directly with the themes of the novel resulting in the readers enhanced understanding of and appreciation for Hemingways The Sun Also Rises Hemingways recurring use of quick concise phrases throughout the novel brings the readers attention to the repeating habits of each of the characters Through Jakes narration he describes a number actions and events with identical style despite the circumstances This is displayed throughout the novel in Jakes straightforward account and in one short paragraph he states I walked I read I got I walked I passed I stepped I walked I walked 43 Though any character in any novel would do these actions repeatedly Hemingway made a conscious decision to write Jakes actions in such a repetitive manner As the reader notices Hemingways repetitious devices he or
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