- Aug 21, 2010
I know this as the dramatic or objective point of view. It can elicit active, attentive reading. One can build mood and enhance meaning by including symbolic details, as Hemingway does in "Hills Like White Elephants" with the two sides of the river valley. In the same story, one should pay attention to where the two main characters are looking (he's got his eyes fixed on her; she isn't looking at him as he goes on and on). As CTRandall says above, one may include "use of the surrounding environment to suggest something about the characters' internal states." That's Eliot's "objective correlative," isn't it?