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The use of dialogue in ernest hemingways books

Say Anything: A Case for Dialogue

Yet it somehow felt incomplete. As I scrolled through the stories again, it finally hit me—dialogue.

None of the stories contained a stitch of dialogue. Certainly there were references to it and summaries of conversations. Actual dialogue, however, was nowhere to be seen. For me, a gift for believable, memorable, and appropriately used dialogue is one of the signs of a great writer.

What is the importance of dialogue in a novel?What is the importance of dialogue in a novel?

Amateurish writing often either ignores it entirely or saturates the prose with it. And may the literary gods spare me from those who elect to make stylistic choices such as eliminating quotation marks or not including tags, claiming it is innovative. The list of people who can pull off that particular fete is short: I also have little patience for tin-eared writers with no gift for capturing authentic speech. What a character says and what other characters say about that character tell the reader just as much as behavior or interior monologue.

I was having a fine time. I said the mountains looked like white elephants. Just that they are at a train station in Spain. Yet their exchange, even before the meat of the conversation takes place, tells us much about them and their relationship. They have been together long enough to have developed a pattern of behavior, but there is an underlying strain between them. All this from a simple discussion of drinks. The eventual story Hemingway tells, of a man and a woman at a physical and emotional crossroads, could not be told without dialogue.

How many times do we say something that really means something else? How many times in life do we say one thing when we are really talking about something more? Salinger uses dialogue not only for exposition, but to provide great contrasts in tone while developing character. Half of the story is Muriel talking long-distance to her mother from her hotel room.

  1. Yet their exchange, even before the meat of the conversation takes place, tells us much about them and their relationship.
  2. Yet their exchange, even before the meat of the conversation takes place, tells us much about them and their relationship. For me, a gift for believable, memorable, and appropriately used dialogue is one of the signs of a great writer.
  3. But out of this world.

Not only does having the conversation take place on the telephone serve the plot, it shows how distant Muriel is from her parents and their concerns. The reader receives hints that things are not right with Seymour, the yet unseen husband, as Muriel elects to explain away events that her mother insists on revisiting.

What resonates with this conversation is how the women switch from discussing psychiatrists and accidents to sunscreen and dresses. The conversation gives us the needed background and sets the tone while still feeling authentic, as exhibited in this exchange: But out of this world. Just all right, though.

You should see what sits next to us in the dining room. At the next table. They look as if they drove down in a truck. I told you it was too long. But once they get in, they behave like pigs. On the sub-main floor of the hotel, which the management directed bathers to use, a woman with zinc salve on her nose got into the elevator with the young man.

To use dialogue effectively in an enviable skill. As a reader, I often find that ability to be a swaying point for my loyalty. I want the characters to speak and speak well.