In the stories the «Sea Change» written by Ernest Hemmingway and «Evelyn» written by James Joyce both stories takes time and is written in the same period of the early 1900 both being modernist short stories. Therefore it is only natural that we compare the two stories and look for where they differ, and where they are similar. I will go over: Its themes, writing style, mood, writing style, modernist traits, and talk about Hemmingsway signature style, the «Iceberg» style.
The themes of the story are different. The story of «Evelyn» is one of a woman wanting independance, but is struggling with leaving everthing behind in order to acheive this. This conflict is portrayed as two voices in Evelyns head that battle for dominance for her actions. In the «Sea Change» the story is about two people breaking up. The cause being that the woman is leaving her former husband for a woman. Both share similarities in the fact that both were controversial topics at the time. Homosexuality and the freedom of women. This also play into one of the traits of modernism which is to reject tradition, and the celebration of induvidual breaking free. It also has the modernist trait of pessimism which is shown in the stances people around the main characters take which is rejecting the choices the main characters take. The man in «Sea Change» calls homosexuality degenrate and wrong. Evelyn is doubted by her closest. Its a pessimism in how the authors think that society wont change. A typical modernist trait.
Both moods are tense. Which is suitable since the topics and themes they take up is quite serious for its time. The style of writing is different in both stories. One is a story of a woman battling her inner concience and thus has little dialogue. I would say this kind of writing is best used to portray the inner struggle a character faces. I would compare it to text we read earlier called «Telltale Heart» which has little dialogue and is a story told by madman not seeing his actions as mad. The «Sea Change» story is written with much dialogue and goes away from unnessacary details such as eyes, clothes, and locale. All you need to know is that the MC’s are at a bar in Paris arguing. This is menat to force the reader to focus on the dialogue since thats the only interesting thing that you could focus on.
My favorite of the two would be Erenest Hemmingways Sea Change. The «Iceberg» writing style is one of my favorites because it dosen’t yell out its message. It leaves much of it in background not showing all the information, but just enough for the reader to figure out its message for themselves. Of cource that leaves the message up to interpitation and can be misunderstood. However by not spelling out the message the reader will feel more rewarded once they find out the message, thus leaving a greater impact on the reader.