The Hills Like White Elephants is a short story of dialogue between a couple By Ernest Hemingway which uses the taboo topic of abortion to show that fear may be helpful in circumstance of danger, but it can also hinder our ability to communicate hurting those we hold closest. I believe beyond the reason of a doubt that this piece of literature is a short story because of its length and the key elements of it construction. One thing that makes this piece a short story is its length. Hills Like White Elephants is only four pages long. It was also written by Ernest Hemingway who wrote in a condensed soup kind of way.
They both love each other and they want to do a certain thing to make each of them happy but with respect to one another. On the contrary jig is the antagonist because she is opposed to the idea of having an abortion and wants to keep the baby while the man keep insisting on it that she cannot transmit her opinion and express how she feel clearly. One of the things that we notice it take place in Spain by the Ebro River a word that means “Abortion”. While they are resting the man ask for “Dos Cervezas the man said into the curtain”
Here the scenery could be seen as Jig’s creative and intelligent way of trying to overcome the communication difficulties faced by the couple towards the inevitable conversation of the abortion, because it represents a choice more than what they are actually seeing. Jig and the American start off in the first paragraph on the side of the railroad station where the land is barren and there is no sign of life. This symbolizes the way the American feels about the pregnancy, because he does not want to settle down and live a lifeless life when the baby is born. He feels as though they will be happy again when the operation takes place, as the pregnancy is ruining their relationship and any chance of them being able to live a careless life again. On the other side of the tracks the narrator describes the land to be full of lush, green vegetation with a river flowing through it.
The two separate tracks personifies Jig and the American. It is two parallel lines that does not meet, meaning Jig’s and the American’s feelings towards the abortion. When he said “It’s really an awfully simple operation,Jig”, (296) he clearly stated that he wanted her to go through the abortion. Jig on the other hand, was unsure how she feels about it. When she said “[t]hey don't really look like white elephants….” (296) she is showing uncertainty of her decision.
Ernest Hemingway, 'hills like white elephants' the author used denouement to show he writes in third person dramatic, because he didn’t want to seem to create bias to the two characters. In the short story, we read about two characters, a girl and an American man. They have short conversations between them, and these conversations can hint of many clues about them and their relationship. In the story, we discover what the characters are like, through what they say, and also through the things they don't say. First, in the story, we understand that the American man has money, and he is an adult because he seems to know what he is doing.
Jennifer Marinella English Comp 2 Hills Like White Elephants Although this story, “Hills like White Elephants” seems like two people casually having a conversation while drinking a few beers, it is actually a discussion about abortion. The theme of the story being abortion and that it is a subject not many agree to talk about it, there are many symbols showing us this theme. In this story, it very well shows that the girl will go through with the abortion to only make the man shut up as she states “would you please please please please stop talking”. Although the man says that he does not want her to do anything she does not want to do, she feels as he will only stay with her if she gets the operation. There are many different points throughout this story where the girl continues to second guess the operation.
Define observation and inference. After careful reading of Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”, it is very clear what it’s purpose is. The story takes place in the Ebro River valley of Spain, where an American man and his female companion Jig are waiting for a train and having drinks discussing “doing it”. Obviously, by “doing it”, they’re referring to whether or not they should have an abortion. At the end of the story, we can only assume that they decide to go through with the abortion, when Jig tells the American male “I don’t care about me.” The man goes and haves a drink by himself and return to his companion.
Justin Simpson Mr. Pikus Summary of scholarly article 3/6/12 Summary of scholarly article Authors often use literary elements to leave the reader questioning the outcome of the story. This applies to Ernest Hemingway’s haunting story “Hills like White Elephants.” Most agree that the relationship between the American and the Jig will eventually deteriorate. Nilofer Hashmi argues in his scholarly article “The Jilting of Jig” that there is another outcome. Hashmi states that “the girl will indeed have the abortion, expecting in this way to stay on the man, but after the operation has been performed, he will abandon her” (Hashmi) Hashmi observes that “various verbal and non-verbal indications found in the story support this interpretation of the narrative, as does the very symbolism of the title itself” (Hashmi) According to Hashmi, it is plausible to believe that there is still some love between the American and Jig. Hashmi notes, “Thus the girl, who now wants more than a relationship based on sex and alcohol, would have no reason to stay on with the man” (Hashmi) But, there are a few details that do not seem to fit into this.
Cameron Koecher T. Parker ENGL 1302.07 January 18, 2012 Hills Like White Elephants: A Literary Analysis In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, the reader is presented with conversations brimming with strife and moral negligence in the shade of a Spanish bar’s shadow. The couple, a girl named Jig and an unnamed American man, is amidst a heated debate about cleaning up one man’s mess and preserving what remains of a girl’s naïve innocence. The American and Jig are currently at a major junction. Hemmingway ironically places the location of their junction literally at the junction between Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. Despite never having directly said the couple was facing an abortion, Hemingway makes it abundantly clear that they were facing just that.
Hemingway sets the stage from the very beginning and uses symbolic objects to express the dilemma the young girl is faced with. You can tell the girl is troubled and begins to question herself if having an abortion would be the right thing to do. On the other hand you have the American that has already made up his mind and he wants her to go through with it. There are opposing views throughout the entire story, either for or against. They only have two choices, and each one will take them in two