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2009.12.27 (14:26:54)
Hwang, In-Tae. 2002. A Stylistic Study of “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.” The History of English, 14. The present paper, taking its direction form Roger Fowler's and Enkvist's ‘new stylistics,’ attempts a stylistic analysis of Ernest Hemingway's “A Clean, Well- Lighted Place.” With the goal of showing that examining the language of a literary text can be a means to a fuller understanding and appreciation of the writer's artistic achievement, this study examines the development of the literary or aesthetic structure of the story and explicates linguistic contributions to its thematic content. The actual method of stylistic analysis is to closely observe deviations from language norms in a text as a work of art and to proceed inward from the observed details to the central core of the text, and then, in contrast, to proceed outward from the center in search of further confirmatory details. The four prominent linguistic features, Hemingway's “choices” of the story to be dealt with here are the repetition of major theme-words, generic references, free direct speech, and the highly-condensed, economical dialogue. All these devices are artistically or aesthetically interrelated and thus strike the reader with definite artistic or aesthetic effect. Furthermore, they accentuate the theme of nada and despair, and thus the content and form are organically related.
 
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