The Old Man And The Sea: Modernist Literature



Modernist literature is a break with the old ways of writing from the 19th Century. Modernist wrote in new forms and styles. Ernest Hemingway was a modernist writer. One of his famous novels was The Old Man and the Sea. In The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway demonstrates many of the characteristics of Modernism.
One characteristic of Modernist literature is to go into the character's consciousness to find his complicated emotions. Throughout most of this novel the main character Santiago is alone in his boat with only his thoughts. The reader learns how he feels about the fish by what he thinks while the fish takes him out to sea. "He is wonderful and strange and who knows how old ...

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The reader learns of the relationship between Santiago and Manolin. "The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him" (10). From the narrator the reader learns that the boy takes care of the old man by bringing him food and supplies. The narrator tells the reader what Santiago is thinking while he is fishing.
The third characteristic is a simple direct style with a basic vocabulary. The choice of words creates basic concrete pictures with no flowery language. For example, "He knelt down and found the tuna under the stern with the gaff and drew it toward him keeping it clear of the coiled lines" (57). Hemingway uses this style because he thought that concrete things were all man could be sure of. Hemingway uses few adjectives. Most adjectives are color words to describe the setting and fish. He describes the Marlin in this way, "He was bright in the sun and his head and back were dark purple and in the sun the stripes on his sides showed wide and a light ...

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