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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)

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The basic purpose of this thesis is to report the use of a promising approach to specific portions of the work of Ernest Hemingway suitable for upper-level Freshmen English students. The six short stories selected are: “Indian Camp,” “the Battler,” “A Very Short Story,” “Soldier’s home,” “Big Two-Hearted River, I & II”, and “The Captial of the World”. All of the stories except eh last are from Hemingway’s first collection to achieve critical acclaim, In Our Time. In addition to these stories, the short sketches or vignettes which act as inter-chapters between the stories of In Our Time, are studied. The final Hemingway work considered is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea, which is the latest published work by the author. The teaching approach includes questions designed to stimulate fruitful class discussion and questions to be answered in writing by the students. A combination of several methods of teaching literature is used including the aesthetic-critical which includes problems in language, structure, meaning, and symbol, and the biographical method insofar as it is pertinent to a better understanding of the works studied.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 -- Study and teaching


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South Dakota State University