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Hills Like White Elephants

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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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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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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It occurred to me that some people who followed this discussion assumed the couple were not married because Hemingway calls her "the girl." But notice that there is a third character involved in...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2012 9:11 pm UTC

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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 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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The short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway does not have a plot in the traditional sense of the term. Two people, a man and a woman, wait at a railway station in the valley of...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020 3:02 am UTC

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The labels on the luggage "from all the hotels where they had spent nights" suggests to me that this couple has been together for a long time and that they are either married or have been...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012 4:32 pm UTC

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In "Hills Like White Elephants," the hills are symbolic of the relationship between the couple as well as the couple's unborn child. When the woman comments that the hills near the station where...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2017 4:12 pm UTC

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"Jig" is the name given to the girl in Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants." The American, her lover, calls her that toward the beginning of the story, but Hemingway refers to her as...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 5:45 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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Irony is a major feature of Ernest Hemingway’s extremely brief short story titled “Hills Like White Elephants,” and the ending of the story is especially ironic. In this tale, an American male,...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 4:50 am 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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A man and woman (Jig) are waiting at a train station in Zaragoza, Spain. We can surmise that they are headed for Madrid from the text. They drink beer and an Anis drink. They note that the hills...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2008 9:43 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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They used to have the slang term "dick smithing" to describe what the American is doing inside the saloon. Typically a man might go into the kitchen to mix drinks for himself, his wife, and their...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2012 10:58 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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Americans were also living in Europe because the cost of living was cheap, and Spain was probably the cheapest of all. When the man calls the waitress to order two Anis del Toros, she thinks they...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 12:37 am UTC

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The speaker in this excellent short story is a character who is external to the story, and not involved in it. As a third person narrator, the speaker is notable by his extremely detached...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2013 9:48 pm UTC

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Jig's statement about that which has passed encompasses so much about the relationship she shares with the American and her own life. The point in the story in which she says this is the point...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2011 7:31 pm UTC

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While it is certainly obvious that the American wants the girl to have the abortion, he is not totally insincere in telling her that he will accept her decision. Proof of this is to be found in the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 5:15 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 point of view employed by Hemingway in this story is called third person objective. This means that the narrator is not a participant in the story's events and does not use the first person...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020 5:40 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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Jig obviously wants to have the baby and keep it. The American cannot understand the physical and psychological changes that take place in a woman when she becomes pregnant, and she can't explain...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012 7:59 am UTC

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As with most of Hemingway's work, there is much indirect characterization and plot progression in his story "Hills Like White Elephants." This operates on what Hemingway calls—and what many critics...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018 3:23 pm UTC

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This is an excellent question. What is remarkable about this great short story is the way that so much is reported through the characters' dialogue alone - there is very little authorial...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010 8:41 pm UTC

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Hemingway begins his story with a description of the bleak, hot, dry setting, which is obviously in Spain. He chose not to explain much about his two main characters, but it would seem that he...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 6:03 pm UTC

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Ernest Hemingway’s short story Hills like White Elephants is easily one of the more stilted and melancholy of his work. The plot, about a man and woman, the latter apparently pregnant, waiting for...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2014 7:22 pm 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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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 is a story about the psychological separation of an American man and his girlfriend, Jig. She is pregnant. She wants to keep the baby and settle down. Her boyfriend wants her to have an...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 1:31 pm UTC

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Much remains unstated in the story. The American man and the girl he calls Jig are having a serious but unproductive conversation in a cafe. They are clearly at cross purposes. The man keeps...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019 11:43 pm UTC

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In Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants," much of the meaning comes from what is not said. After their conversation at a table outside the train station, the man and the woman are...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 12:51 am UTC

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In the famous short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway, a man and a woman sit together at a station in Spain waiting for a train. While they wait, they have a conversation. The...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 2:24 am UTC

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Determining the definitive "feeling" that Jig has about motherhood is difficult because of the style in which the story is written. However, there are a few places in the awkward conversation...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2019 8:20 pm UTC

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First, this story conveys the idea that it is often difficult for human beings to honestly communicate their feelings to one another. Jig, the girl, struggles with this, as does the American man....

Latest answer posted April 20, 2019 12:49 am UTC

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The man who is described only as the American is confronted by a problem which threatens his way of life. The "girl" is pregnant and he wants her to have an abortion. She is obviously the more...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2013 11:32 pm UTC

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A story, however short, is seldom written to demonstrate a thesis in the same way as an academic essay, so there may be a variety of plausible answers to this, based on the reaction of individual...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 3:06 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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The plot of this story feels so fragmented because we are left to read between the lines, inferring lots of information based on what little is actually made explicit. We only have a vague sense...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2018 5:17 pm UTC

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Two language devices that Ernest Hemingway employs in his short story, "Hills Like White Elephants," are symbolism and understatement. Through the use of dialogue and the symbolism of the white...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2011 7:20 pm UTC

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I would like to add a little bit of Hemingway's personal background to help understand the unsettled, and unsettling, conclusion, of "Hills." Hemingway had to deal with the problem of abortion...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2007 2:42 am UTC

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The hills represent objectification and symbolize permanency while simultaneously symbolizing illusion, specifically, the illusion of how one thing can be reminiscent of another wholly dissimilar...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2011 8:24 am UTC

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Jig's wishes are unclear in this story. She constantly asks her male companion what he wants to do in regard to her pregnancy, and she says, "I don't care about me." Later, however, she seems to...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2018 7:35 pm UTC

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In this short story, love is portrayed as a risky endeavor, fraught with difficult decisions. In the story, the tension between the couple is palpable. There is every indication that the man wants...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017 7:38 pm UTC

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You are right to indicate that in the early part of this story and the conversation that we are privy to between Jig and her American partner, she uses sarcasm. Consider the following example. When...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012 11:17 pm 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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You have asked more than one question and so I have edited it down to what enotes allows. When we consider this story what is highly interesting is the fact that it is almost entirely told through...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2010 1:25 am UTC

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