Pause as a Linguistic Element in Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man at the Bridge, The Three Day Blow and The Revolutionist


  • Hakan Gültekin PhD candidate at Istanbul Aydin University


This study explores the significance of silence in Ernest Hemingway’s selected short stories. The study attempts to reveal the web of relationships between silence (as represented through linguistic elements) and certain themes and examines the interactive arrangement pertaining to these issues. Using the terminology of discourse analysis, this study deals with the functions and implications of silence, which, manifesting itself as “pause” in discourse, has a value of signification. The impetus behind this study is therefore to investigate which linguistic elements produce the patterns of silence that indicate declaration of nothingness, psychological resistance and ideological stance. In the first part of the discussion section, the thesis argues that, first; silence is used as a thematic marker, implying nothingness. Second, psychological resistance is of the fictional characters is depicted through silence. Lastly, silence contributes to the representation of ideological stance.


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How to Cite

Gültekin, H. (2016). Pause as a Linguistic Element in Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man at the Bridge, The Three Day Blow and The Revolutionist. Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, 4(7), 30–39. Retrieved from