A Comparison of Styles and Settings
In the short story “Soldiers Home,” by Ernest Hemingway, Krebs rejection of his communitys values can be related to Sammys relationship to his supermarket job in John Updikes “A & P.” Even though the two stories are different in style, one story being more serious and gloomy and the other being more humorous and sarcastic, they both reveal two similar settings, which the main characters reject. Both authors use precise and detailed examples of how each style and setting are portrayed. Hemingway presents a style in “Soldiers Home”, that is emotionless and serious, while Updike gives readers a youthful almost comic style of story in “A& P.” To begin with, Hemingway uses the name Krebs all through the story; he never lets readers become personal or emotional to Krebs. Where in “A&P” Updike lets readers see through the eyes of a nineteen year old boy, Sammy, who is sarcastic and also humorous. One occasion where we see this adolescent humor is when Sammy says, “She was a ch!
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