This study guide will help you analyze the text “A Very Short Story” by Ernest Hemingway. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, themes and message, and we will help you put the text into perspective.
Presentation of the text
Title: “A Very Short Story”
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Published in: In Our Time (collection)
Date of Publication: 1924
Genre: Short Story
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) is one of the most famous American writers of the 20th century. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 and has published various novels, short stories, and two non-fiction works during his lifetime. Many of his literary works are based on Hemingway’s experience in World War I, which is also the case for "A Very Short Story".
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