When analyzing a short story like "The Old Man at the Bridge" by Ernest Hemingway, there are a few key elements that you should include in your analysis. On the pages of this chapter, we show you these essential elements and how to analyze them:

We look at the structure of the short story to determine if it follows a normal plot structure and whether the actions of the characters are important. We also analyze the meaning of the title.

We then describe and analyze the two main characters of the short story. Who are they? What is their relation? Do they change through the story?

Then we proceed to investigate the setting of the short story. This investigation is not only a matter of determining where the story takes place but also to ask and answer the questions: When does the story take place? What are the context and the social setting?

Fourth, we take a look at the narrator and the point of view. As the narrator is one of the characters we have already analyze, we go into more technical details about the way the narrator tells the story as well as his point of view.

Finally, in the languages section, we look into Hemingway's use of literary devices and imagery such as symbolism ant the like.

Read on for the full analysis!