“A Very Short Story” by Ernest Hemingway is very short and, as a consequence, the language the author employs is very straightforward and to the point. This is why the story lacks many stylistic devices and is solely built with the help of narrative passages. You will notice that dialogue is completely missing, as the author’s purpose was not to make the story dynamic, but short and to the point. Also, descriptive passages are very scarce and they are mostly employed in connection with the physical setting.

All in all, the language is very blunt and straightforward, lacking embellishments, and having the purpose of mirroring the bitterness of a failed romance.


Imagery is seldom used in “A Very Short Story”. When the author uses it, it has the purpose of showing readers the way in which the setting is portrayed, like in the following two ex...

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