Gordon gives us the account of the young men as they go about to accomplish the task assigned to them: The excavation of a mass grave. The Ice House" shows Gordon tackling the legacy of the Civil War in a gruesome tale that involves two young men hired to excavate a mass grave. We can infer from this fact that Gordon has once more maintained her distinct southern modern writing style. Gordon starts out by introducing us to Doug, one of the central characters of the plot. Doug has recently acquired employment on a tentative basis and his employer is a Yankee contractor. He is one of the two main characters of the short story and has been assigned the task of removing the skeletons of Union Soldiers from a pit in an ice house. The skeletons are of soldiers who were killed in the battle field in 1862 and the bodies had been placed in the ice house so that they could be buried later. Needless to say, the theme is distinctively Gordon and the subtle approach to the scenario reflects her position as a writer who has chosen to adopt the modern writers style. As the story progresses, the setting of the scenario becomes even more intriguing and the distinct style of writing is reflected in every dialogue between the characters that is distinct to Gordon.
If Southern writer Caroline Gordon was to be analyzed in terms of her writings pertaining to the modern writers style then we can observe that along with Allen Tate and Walker Percy, Caroline Gordon was one of the few writers who came from communities that had not been known for such a unique sense of prose and poetry before. Her writing style stood out to be quite distinct from that of the mainstream writing culture because of her choice to alienate herself from the mainstream writing culture.
However, one cannot help but feel that Gordon has exaggerated occasionally in The Ice House and that