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What is a good thesis statement for a critical analysis of symbolism in "Hills Like...

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msjustus | Student, Undergraduate

Posted September 24, 2008 at 8:07 PM via web

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What is a good thesis statement for a critical analysis of symbolism in "Hills Like White Elephants"?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 25, 2008 at 3:48 AM (Answer #2)

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How about this: "Hemingway's classic story "The Hills Like White Elephants" appears to be simply a realistic description, but is in fact highly symbolic"? That would allow you to make any argument you wanted about the nature of the symbolism.


If you wanted a more specific argument, how about this: "Symbols found in both dialogue and description in Hemingway's "The Hills Like White Elephants" convey the deepest meaning of the story"? That allows you to be highly specific.


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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted September 25, 2008 at 6:36 AM (Answer #3)

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Other options might be to focus on the symbols that represent the characters and their feelings/emotions/behaviors.  This type of thesis is focused on the characters rather than meaning of the story.

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taiyou11 | Student, Undergraduate

Posted May 16, 2012 at 5:50 PM (Answer #4)

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" Ernest Hemmingway uses symbols found in dialogue and setting to reveal that making decisions requires a great deal of thought, and can sometimes not be mutual between couples. "

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