Iceberg Thinking: Bonus Resource: Hemingway's Iceberg Theory

Lesson 6: Bonus Resource: Hemingway's Iceberg Theory


Hemingway's Iceberg Theory

The term iceberg thinking was inspired by author Ernest Hemingway’s iceberg theory, a writing style in which deeper themes are hidden beneath the surface storyline. These themes were often taboo, or rarely discussed openly due to the times.

  • Learners can discuss the following questions in pairs or small groups before addressing them as a larger group.
  1. The couple’s conversation is dancing around a subject that’s bothering them. What do you think it is?
  2. How would you describe the couple’s dynamic?
  3. How do elements of the setting connect to what’s unsaid?