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Introduction: The Importance of Dialogue in Literature

Dialogue is one of the most important aspects of a quality literary work, as it is the preferred method for conveying information in much of literature. It’s a primary way to get an idea about characters, their motivations and state of mind. However, the dialogue that writers create should be realistic to be considered good; if it doesn’t sound like how people actually talk, then people might get turned off from the story. In Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, it is evident that he took great effort to make his characters talk in a way that is believable.
The dialogue in this novel is realistic, as it is very difficult to believe that the main characters are able to discuss any topics and their thoughts so casually. The author was able to do this because of his understanding of the human psyche and, in particular, his use of dialogue. Hemingway himself wrote about how he knew that people talked in a very casual manner. He said “I know men talk like this, and when I try to write dialogue one-tenth of my trouble has been solved. Then I have tried to write it as if people really talked” (Hemingway 67).

based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?
based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?

What is a Character’s Role in a Novel?

Perhaps the most important role for a character is the ‘point of view’ character; this is the character who gives us access to the story. The point of view characters are people who provide an interesting insight into the world as well as give a personal narrative in first, second or third person.
The point of view character can be vivd, relatable and close to the reader. A good point of view character can make reading more enjoyable as the reader is embedded in a world that feels close, familiar and real.
There are a variety of ways to create a novel. There is nothing wrong with creating the story in the form of an abstract idea or plot idea, it is just that this kind of story is hard to keep energized over the long term. In a well told story, the point of view character is essential. It provides a way for the writer to keep everything together in an easy to follow structure and yet at the same time allows for dramatic events, twists and turns in the plot which give any novel its life.

based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?
based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?

The Role of Dialogue in Literature and the Importance of Good Writing

A good way to demonstrate this is to compare a passage of dialogue in a book with the same passage in real life. If someone was speaking in a book and their speech doesn’t sound plausible, or if it sounds wrong for the character, then readers may get annoyed. A good writer knows this and replicates speech patterns and word choices that are consistent with the character, but it’s also important to use what a person would actually say.
“The writer must create language that is alive and true. This sometimes has to be applied to dialogue, as when Hemingway uses such concrete verbs as “said” instead of more abstract ones like “expressed.” Hemingway’s dialogue conveys the vitality of physical action more authentically than other writers’ dialogues do. In Hemingway’s novels, dialogue is a rich and valuable element.

based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?
based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?

How Does Hemingway Use Dialogue to Make His Characters More Relatable?

Hemingway makes use of realistic dialogue by putting his characters in direct contact with their environment. In the following passage, Catherine Barkley is talking to a waiter outside the restaurant while they wait for her husband to return: Catherine Barkley: ‘Was your father a waiter here?’ Waiter: ‘Yes Madam.’ ‘And is this still his favourite place to eat?’ ‘Yes – and no. When I was a boy I used to come here and we used to eat too much. But our table was in the shade.’ When she reflects later on their first meeting, she says that the waiter had “a line of kindness over the whole face which made him seem kindly even though he did not smile” (Hemingway 54)[1]. This is a good example of how Hemingway uses dialogue to show the “reality” of the situation.
This article examines one aspect of how Hemingway creates realism in dialogue. I will look at two sets of quotes: those that show realistic dialogue, and those that do not. I will then use these examples to determine how Hemingway’s characters say… [to use as knowledge, not to be copied verbatim]: 1) what they want and 2) what they think about others, themselves and their environment.
How Do Character’s What They Want?

based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?
based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?

Hemingway’s Unique Style of Writing that Influenced Modern Day Writers

Hemingway’s writing style was, and continues to be, highly influential. This influence is primarily in the form of simplicity and objectivity. His writing had a unique rhythm that felt very natural to the reader, one that didn’t draw unnecessary attention to itself but instead focused on the story and characters it was trying to portray. Hemingway also made use of short sentences and short paragraphs which makes his writing very easy to understand.
Although these are all very important traits, what exactly is Hemingway’s style? The simple answer is that Hemingway’s style was a very objective view of the world. Throughout his writing career, Hemingway was not afraid to criticize or voice his opinion on any topic. He wrote with an unbiased mind. The most obvious example of this is in his classic short story “Hills Like White Elephants.” This piece is often criticized for being misogynistic by many readers but in actuality, it was written solely as Hemingway’s own opinion on the subject.

based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?
based on a farewell to arms, how does hemingway create realistic dialogue for his characters?