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What characteristics of modernism are there in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

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Modernist writing rejected the Victorian and Edwardian omniscient, or all-knowing, narrator, believing that this form of narration did not accurately reflect a reality in which knowledge is fragmentary and subjective. Modernist writers like also Hemingway rejected piling on details which older authors meant to represent verisimilitude. The new wave of authors felt that small details encrusted literature with too many merely decorative embellishments that had no connection with the core story. Just as modernist architects rejected "gingerbread" embellishments on houses, modernist writers sought clean lines and stories. After World War I, modernism, which had already started to reflect the alienation brought on by industrialism, increasingly depicted the sense of despair caused by the aftermath of a bloody and futile war.

In "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place " Hemingway first shows his modernism by rejecting embellishments, using spare, clean prose to tell his story. Further, while there is a...

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