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Welcome to our fifth session on literary works!

The daily special today is a dramatic short story and its point of view, by the expert hand of Ernest Hemingway.

What do you know?

This story depicts a young man and woman whose relationship is coming to an end.
Their troubles raise the question : Why do people fall in love?
How could you anwer that?

Before You Read

"The End of Something" is one of a series of Ernest Hemingway stories about the fictional character Nick Adams. The stories trace Nick from youth to manhood, recounting experiences that shape his personality.
Nick is a young war veteran struggling to make sense of his life.
The setting is Michigan. A brief first-person description of a war episode comes before the story.

Expand Your Knowledge

Ernest Hemingway's style is often described as "journalistic".
  • His sentences are short,
  • he avoids the use of adjectives, and
  • his English is vigorous.

  • He does not give many explanations in a scene. Instead, he allows the reader to fill in the blanks of the story.
As he once said, "I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eights of it underwater for every part that shows."

This technique is called understatement : much of the background information is left out and YOU have to read between the lines.

Now it's time to begin the reading, so take the text from the virtual shelf.

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Welcome back to the main page!

I hope you enjoyed Hemingway's story.

Next week is the last class of this course. We´ll review a few points and draw some conclusions.

Best regards for all,

Your electronic teacher


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