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Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Nancy Davis, Frank Steele, Robert Ward

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The affinities which appear in writing styles of Stephen Crane and manifest themselves in their works. raised in religious homes, rebelled the life styles and Ernest Hemingway Both writers were against their religious backgrounds, began newspaper careers as teenagers, traveled and reported war for their respective newspapers, believed that life was filled with violence, confirmed that belief through their experiences and observations, and developed corresponding literary credos. Both Crane and Hemingway believed the writer should experience present manner. the story Both men and observe what he wrote and should in a simple, direct, and truthful used short sentences, irony, dialogue, dialect, repetition, and vivid, impressionistic description to voice truth in a realistic way. Violence, which serves as man's initiation and test in life, is the common and dominant theme in Crane's and Hemingway's work, and the two writers developed a parallel and special kind of hero who reacted to this violence with courage or controlled panic and who sometimes was able to find an inner peace. The Crane hero and the Hemingway hero are often embodiments of their creators in spirit and action. Both writers' characters frequently appear in naturalistic situations to which they react existentially. Through examination and evaluation of specific works of Crane and Hemingway along with the examination of their life styles and writing styles, the affinities become apparent.


Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America