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Hemingway's Iceberg

Hemingway’s Iceberg In the works of Ernest Hemingway, prose style is as important to the work as the content. Hemingway’s style includes the use of short, choppy sentences that are descriptive and have underlying meanings that are integral to the work. Hemingway uses this technique, the iceberg, to portray meaning and depth to a character without directly stating what the reader should be thinking. The iceberg technique allows readers to use their intelligence to figure out Hemingway’s underlying meanings. According to Hemingway, the iceberg is one-eighth above water and seven eighths below, which means that he is keeping seven eighths of his meaning unwritten for the reader to decipher from the one eighth that he is writing. Hemingway’s writing style is effective because it involves the reader in the work by forcing the reader to dig beneath the layer of description and find the depth of the writing. Hemingway’s creativity and intelligence is shown through his knowledge of the human condition and his ability to write about people in a realistic way through the iceberg style. Hemingway incorporates this writing style of the iceberg in the majority of his works in different situations and in regard to different kinds of characters, making it a versatile and effective technique. In The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway uses the iceberg to disguise Jake’s impotence due to a war wound. The injury is hinted at throughout the novel but never directly stated, making the reader decipher the meaning. At the end of the novel, Jake and Brett have a dialogue in which the iceberg becomes more apparent. “Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.” Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” (251). The hidden meaning is in reference to Jake’s i...

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