The Rest Is Silence: A Psychoanalytic Study of Hemingway’s Theory of Omission and Its Application to "The Sea Change"
On Hemingway’s use of silence as a means of communicating the inexpressible in language. Nakjavani equates silence with the unconscious and Hemingway’s practice of omission, claiming they are the essence of a text and provide infinite interpretations. Theorizes that a “blockage” in the conversation between Phil and the girl punctuates the approach and retreat into silence, as well as the quest for understanding the unstated in the text. Concludes that the story “resembles the psychoanalytic process to the extent that it reads backward to enable it to read forward to comprehend the past to makes sense of the present.”
North Dakota Quarterly