Publication Year

1988

Keywords

Literature, Ernest Hemingway, literary analysis, development, writing

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature

Abstract

There is something magical about finding that one right answer. From childhood we are taught that such a thing is possible, for one plus one always equals two and Monday always follows Sunday, only to discover through experience that reality does not necessarily follow clearly defined, unalterable laws. The questions life raises are often equivocal and, thus, not readily amendable to our answers. Even more so than in life, our literature is subject to this same ambiguousness, for what is literature but the idealized mirror of life? Indeed, though most critics would agree on the impossibility of its ultimate attainment, the challenge inherent in deciphering the ambiguity of an author's intent is one of the primary joys of literary analysis, providing an outlet for the full flower of the critic's creative and deductive powers.

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