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Hills Like White Elephants

To say the least, the relationship between Jig and the unnamed American man waiting for the train with her is complicated. They have clearly been in a romantic and sexual relationship, which has...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2020, 11:26 am (UTC)

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The main conflict in the story “Hills Like White Elephants” is the debate between the man and his girlfriend Jig over whether or not to abort their unborn baby that Jig is carrying. The man...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020, 1:57 am (UTC)

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There are several aspects of the setting in this story that carry meaning or produce significant effects. First, the young woman called "Jig" and the "American" man are at a train station, a place...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2020, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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The jig is a dance in Ireland. Giving the girl the nickname of Jig may suggest that she is from Ireland and that she is, or has been, a lively, spirited girl, since the jig is an extremely lively...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2012, 11:16 pm (UTC)

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Tone of communication refers to the way in which what one is saying comes across. I would argue that, in "Hills Like White Elephants," the woman's tone is imaginative and lighthearted, showcasing a...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2020, 12:36 pm (UTC)

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To understand the title of the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway, it is important to isolate the central conflict in the story. A man and a woman are waiting for a train...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2021, 12:11 am (UTC)

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It's notable that Jig later changes her mind about the surrounding hills looking like white elephants. As has already been noted elsewhere, a white elephant is something that no one wants....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020, 10:39 am (UTC)

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This story is narrated form a third-person objective point of view. This means that the narrator is not a participant in the events that take place and does not use first-person pronouns like I or...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020, 12:10 am (UTC)

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Ernest Hemingway's short story “Hills Like White Elephants” concentrates on a conversation between an American man and Jig, his girlfriend. Jig, apparently, is a nickname of some sort, but it is...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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To be able to understand the ending of the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway, it is important to grasp the relationship between the two main characters and the style that...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2020, 11:45 pm (UTC)

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There are several metaphors and similes in Hemingway's story. The most prominent one is the hills, which Jig compares to white elephants. The hills represent many possible things, one of which is a...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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The ending of Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants” is a bit ambiguous. While it is implied that the couple’s conflict was resolved, it is open for interpretation and thus one could...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2020, 5:15 pm (UTC)

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I think another irony in the story has to do with the fact that these two individuals, Jig (the girl) and her lover, only known as "The American," have clearly been physically intimate with each...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018, 7:01 pm (UTC)

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The female character in "Hills" actually does have a name -- "Jig" -- but it is used very sparingly by the male, and it may be a nickname rather than a proper name. Hemingway...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2008, 2:57 am (UTC)

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In “Hills Like White Elephants,” Hemingway uses the three different terrains to symbolize the state of the couple’s relationship and in particular Jig’s illusions about her life. When the story...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2020, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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Hemingway use the number two for two purposes (no play on words intended). The first relates to the American man and the girl, whom he calls Jig, being a couple. This reinforces the man's...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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The narrator conveys more sympathy for Jig, the woman, than for the man. Jig wants to give birth to the "elephant" in the room, which is her unborn child. She has made this clear to her partner but...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2019, 4:24 pm (UTC)

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In Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” the young woman called “Jig” is being pressured by her older male companion, usually called simply “the man,” to have an abortion....

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012, 12:42 pm (UTC)

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"Hills Like White Elephants" is a short story by Ernest Hemingway that is ultimately about whether or not one of the two main characters will get an abortion. Most of the story is told through the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020, 8:26 am (UTC)

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The short story “Hills like white elephants” talks about a girl called Jig who is waiting to take the express to Madrid with her American boyfriend. As they wait, they talk about an operation that...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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To understand why the woman, Jig, makes the comment about everything tasting like licorice and why this annoys her boyfriend, we have to understand that Jig is bitter. She is pregnant. Her...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020, 10:43 pm (UTC)

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A woman named Jig and her unnamed boyfriend are waiting at a train station in Spain for their next train. In the distance, the hills in the valley are described as long and white. The location of...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019, 3:58 am (UTC)

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Now, this is an interesting question. The Real (plural: Reales) is a unit of Spanish currency used from the mid-14th century to 1864, when it was replaced by the escudo, and then by the peseta in...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2013, 10:01 pm (UTC)

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The reason we can claim this story conversation, or dialogue, is about an abortion is because the American man gives a clue to the topic substance. He says, "It's just to let the air in." "It's...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2011, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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The American and Jig have been leading a casual lifestyle in which they travel leisurely and party. As Jig notes, "I wanted to try this new drink. That's all we do, isn't it--look at things and...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2013, 3:35 pm (UTC)

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Though it is never said explicitly either way, there are many reasons to believe that the American and the “girl” in Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” are married. Their conflict is...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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The American seems to be referred to in this way to emphasize the idea that he is somehow representative of America and American values during this time period. He is interested in drinking,...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020, 11:28 am (UTC)

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In “Hills Like White Elephants,” the relationship between the American and Jig seems to be based more on emotional dependency than authentic love. Consider how Jig asks the American if he loves...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020, 12:36 am (UTC)

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Jig and the American never actually name the subject of their conversation. The closest they get is by referring to some kind of medical procedure, what the man calls "an awfully simply operation."...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019, 2:27 pm (UTC)

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Tone in literature can have two manifestations. The first, and most often referred to, is the author's tone. This expresses the author's feeling for the subject at hand. It is usually made clear in...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2011, 3:09 pm (UTC)

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I like to read the train station setting as a metaphorical parallel to the situation of the couple. The young woman in the story is pregnant and so is dealing with a "scheduled arrival". Unless...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012, 6:54 am (UTC)

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This story has often been discussed in eNotes. I think most readers have agreed that the man and woman are going to Madrid for her to get an abortion. They have evidently been discussing the matter...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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In order for something to be a symbol, it must be have both literal meaning and figurative meaning. Therefore, there would actually have to be white elephants present in some literal way, and then...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2018, 1:19 am (UTC)

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In Ernest Hemingway's “Hills Like White Elephants,” Jig and her partner are discussing the “operation” that Jig's partner wants her to have, and they struggle to come to an agreement about what...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2022, 11:51 pm (UTC)

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The story revolves around the conflict between a man and a woman, who are faced with the decision of what to do about a pregnancy. They view the situation differently, and they communicate...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2007, 3:14 pm (UTC)

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In "Hills Like White Elephants," Hemingway puts the reader in the position of a voyeur and an eavesdropper. The reader can only obtain information from what is done and said by the two principal...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2013, 1:21 am (UTC)

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Hemingway had at least two purposes in writing "Hills Like White Elephants." First, as in all of his writing, he reacted against the ornate writing style of his Victorian and Edwardian predecessors...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2017, 1:20 pm (UTC)

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At the very end of his short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” Ernest Hemingway fails to make absolutely clear the decision that the couple finally make: do they plan to have an abortion (as the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2012, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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In Hills Like White Elephants, the man and the girl are waiting for the train from Barcelona to Madrid at a small railway station in the Ebro Valley. Hemingway begins by saying that the hills...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019, 5:39 am (UTC)

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Hemingway reveals his much about his characters through his use of dialogue and description of their actions and reactions. Readers can make educated assumptions about a character's personality...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2008, 7:06 am (UTC)

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"The American and the girl with him" are introduced in this curiously off-hand phrase, as though it is merely an accident that they happen to be together. We are told almost nothing about them. The...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019, 8:37 am (UTC)

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The girl obviously wants to have the baby. The man obviously does not want her to have the baby, although he knows very well that she wants to have it. She knows that he doesn't want a baby because...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2012, 2:20 am (UTC)

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To assess the contemporary relevancy of the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway, it is important to understand what the story is really about. A couple is sitting at a...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020, 1:30 am (UTC)

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The title of the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Hemingway is significant because it is the topic of conversation between the two characters represented in the story, the girl and the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019, 10:45 pm (UTC)

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The conversation between Jig and her American boyfriend sounds flat, tense, angry, and jaded. They keep repeating the same statements over and over and never seem to get anywhere. For example, the...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2018, 1:03 am (UTC)

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In Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants," the American man is selfish because he has no interest in understanding the woman's point of view. The abortion probably needs to be discussed, and one...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019, 11:10 am (UTC)

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The purpose of the trip is not mentioned directly in the text of "Hills Like White Elephants." As in many of Hemingway's stories (e.g. "The Killers"), the reader is put in the position of an...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2013, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" focuses on the dialogue between a man and a woman while they are waiting for a train. The dialogue at first appears to be innocuous small talk...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016, 1:00 am (UTC)

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I think that part of the story's beauty is that it really does not offer a resolution. In a commitment to present consciousness as it is, Hemingway does not capitulate to traditional storytelling...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2011, 10:00 am (UTC)

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In order to understand how an author indicates tone in a work, you need to have a correct understanding of the concept of tone in literature. Tone in literature is the attitude, opinion, assessment...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016, 1:32 am (UTC)

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