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Hills Like White Elephants

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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Hills Like White Elephants

This is an interesting question that has more than one answer. The best and most accurate way to understand Hemingway's title is as a double symbol that also represents the overarching theme of the...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2012 10:03 pm 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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Hills Like White Elephants

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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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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Hills Like White Elephants

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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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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With irony being a contrast between what a character thinks and what the reader or audience know to be true, the reader must seek the difference between what the characters think and what he/she...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2008 3:34 am 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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Hills Like White Elephants

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 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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I agree with an earlier answer that the place to start is with figuring out what you think the story means, and what the themes are. For me, the thing that is interesting about Hemingway is how,...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 5:22 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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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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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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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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One of the most basic conflicts present in the Hemingway short story is how two people balance the demands of their own needs with the realities of their relationship. I think that Hemingway draws...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2011 10:33 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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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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Hills Like White Elephants

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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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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Hills Like White Elephants

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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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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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 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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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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We know that the young woman, called Jig, and the American man now have to "try and have a fine time." It isn't something that comes easily to them now, though it might once have. Jig tries to say...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 11:28 am UTC

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The man in the story is referred to as "the man" or "the American" his companion is referred to as "the girl". The idea that the man is a "man" while his companion is a "girl" suggests that she is...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2011 12:36 am 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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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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I think that the third person narrative point of view is used in a stellar manner in Hemingway's short story. One of the elements that makes the third person point of view so effective is that it...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2011 1:41 am UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

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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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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Hills Like White Elephants

One of the chief literary devices Hemingway uses in "Hills like White Elephants" is dialogue. The story consists almost entirely of a dialogue between a man and woman waiting for a train. We never...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2018 5:39 am 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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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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The dialogue between the American and Jig makes it clear that she doesn't understand a word of Spanish. This means that she is most likely a native English speaker but probably not an American....

Latest answer posted March 18, 2013 9:54 pm UTC

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In “Hills Like White Elephants” the American man, and the woman, “Jig,” are a couple sitting outside a café’ drinking beer while they await a train. These characters are discussing a pregnancy and...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 2:01 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

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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Hills Like White Elephants

Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" is quite an elusive and challenging story; however, arguments can be made about the American's intentions. it's just a matter of reading between the lines....

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 3:30 am UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

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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One of the main ways that Hemingway creates tension in this unforgettable and, in many ways, uncompromising story is through his use of dialogue. It is clear that what is going on beneath the...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2010 7:07 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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As is so typical of Ernest Hemingway's minimalist style, much of the meaning of "Hills Like White Elephants" comes from what is not said and what lies beneath the surface--his renowned "iceberg...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2010 9:37 pm UTC

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Hemingway attached great importance to making the reader feel present at the scene of the story. He was willing to sacrifice the who-what-where-why-when of an event in order to go straight after...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2014 11:33 pm UTC

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The most interesting and most touching image in the story has to do with the bead-curtain. At one point Jig reaches out and rolls a couple of these wooden beads back and forth between her fingers....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012 12:48 pm UTC

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ok! now that abortion is been discussed, what other social issues are mentioned in the story? The story was first published in 1927, so another issue besides abortion is societal attitudes toward...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2008 7:53 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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Hills Like White Elephants

In Hemingway's story, "Hills Like White Elephants," Jig finds herself defined and differentiated with reference to her lover. For while she "just know[s] things," the man presents reasons to her...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2011 10:58 am UTC

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The setting and reference to the hills that look like white elephants reinforce that the Jig is pregnant. The lovers are sitting in the shade just outside the station. Beyond them is the light and...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2008 12:54 am UTC

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