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Hills Like White Elephants

Oh, certainly it is. Authors don't do things by accident - they have intentions behind each choice they make. Keep in mind however, that the girl does have a name of sorts. She is Jig. He,...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2007 10:35 am UTC

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Ross Leckie calls these stories "Plot-resistant narratives," which is a paradox and an oxymoron. Both stories are told in a bare-bones, plain/tough style: a volley of intimate conversation with...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009 11:11 am UTC

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While the character's name is Jig, Hemingway, as narrator, does not refer to her by name; instead, he uses "the girl" in contrast to "the man" or "the American" for the male character. This use of...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009 4:04 am UTC

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"Hills Like White Elephants" is a short story where the dialogue and the words are extremely important. The plot/situation is revealed through the dialogue. The tone and personality of the...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2012 8:46 pm UTC

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There are at least three reasons why the girl doesn't want to have an abortion. In the first place, it is natural and instinctive for a woman to want to have a baby. If she is pregnant, then it is...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2012 2:31 pm UTC

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Earnest Hemingway was well known for his “iceberg” writing style, where most of the meaning is “below the surface.” A modernist writer, Hemingway wanted to depict things as they really were without...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 4:53 pm UTC

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The one woman shown in any detail in the story, Jig, is depicted as frustrated and unhappy. She is trapped in a dead-end relationship. She is pregnant and clearly wants to keep the baby. She seems...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2018 9:39 pm UTC

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Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" was published in 1927, and to some degree her indecision reflects the cultural attitudes of the period. In the story, Jig and a man who...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2015 7:44 pm UTC

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The reliability of a character is based upon a few different things when looking at a character or a narrator. The things to examine, when trying to decide if a character/narrator is reliable,...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 8:07 am UTC

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I think that what makes this story so wonderful is its ambiguity. I think that it is quite deliberate that Hemingway describes a story with so much technical precision, yet its overall...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2011 10:28 am UTC

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In reality, we are given little concrete information about the couple and are left to infer a lot about them. It is clear from this story that it is the man who has the power and is able to...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2010 2:11 pm UTC

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I tend to think that the state of the relationship between both characters in Hemingway's short story is one that is in trouble. Either way, this relationship does not seem to possess the lasting...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2012 12:12 pm UTC

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Both stories concern human relationships after a change has occurred. In Kafka's short story "The Metamorphosis" the family must think about dealing with Samsa who has turned into a "gigantic...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011 11:26 am UTC

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A story does not have to have a meaning. The purpose of a short story is to convey an emotional effect. What is important is the feeling that is left with the reader upon finishing the story. Most...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2012 11:18 am UTC

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Interestingly, much like Hemingway's story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," his story "Hills Like White Elephants" is predominantly composed of dialogue. This dialogue between the American, referred...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2011 12:58 pm UTC

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If you want to rewrite this story with a point of view sympathetic to the woman's perspective, you might use one of two methods. You might write it in first person with Jig speaking and narrating...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011 8:39 am UTC

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Hemingway employs both his plot and symbolism to further the theme of Doubt and Ambiguity. With only dialogue as the foundation for the plot, the discussion between Jig and the man is unclear and...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2010 4:39 pm UTC

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Very little actually happens in the story. What is important is the conflict that is going on between the man (called the American) and his young female companion (called "the girl" and sometimes...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2012 10:13 pm UTC

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I don't see the time factor as immediately relevant in terms of the plot. Yet, I think that it is significant in terms of what Hemingway sets out to do in the short story. One of the reasons why...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 7:08 pm UTC

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How about theme? In some ways, both Emily and Jig are isolated--Emily has isolated herself from the rest of the community, and Jig feels isolated or alienated by the man's attitude toward her...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2008 11:10 am UTC

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A story written almost entirely in dialogue, "Hills Like White Elephants" is an example of Ernest Hemingway's objective and concise prose that presents an unstated tension, a style known as The...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2013 10:47 pm UTC

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Hemingway's story sounds autobiographical. He was accustomed to making up stories out of his own personal experiences. He admired authors like Stephen Crane and Joseph Conrad who got their...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2014 11:34 pm UTC

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The girl (Gig) is pregnant. Although the subject is never mentioned directly, the pregnancy is at the heart of the conversation between the girl and the American. The American wants her to abort...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2007 5:39 am UTC

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"Hills Like White Elephants" depicts a relationship stuck in limbo. The man wants his girlfriend, Jig, to get an operation (usually interpreted as an abortion). Jig wants to keep the baby. For such...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 12:40 pm UTC

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In Ernest Hemingway's short story, "Hills Like White Elephants," the American and Jig seems very removed from one another. Jig expresses this alienation as she says, That's all we do--isn't it?...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2010 8:29 am UTC

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There is no actual "white elephant" in the story. The title "Hills like White Elephants" is a clue to the meaning of the story. A white elephant is something that you have that you really don't...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2009 8:46 am UTC

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In Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants," the setting consists of a café at a train station where the woman and man are drinking and a compelling, attractive background landscape that is...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 6:57 pm UTC

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Characters, as you probably know, are the agents in a work of fiction that cause action and create conflict and drive plot. They are the personalities about whom we care, with whom our...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011 11:18 am UTC

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A white elephant is a possession that is useless or no longer wanted by its owner. It's also a high-maintenance item or property that brings little or no profit. According to old legends, white...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018 8:56 pm UTC

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Among the conflicts and themes present in the story "Hills Like White Elephants" are the problem of an unwanted pregnancy, the relationship between men and women, and the aimlessness and emptiness...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010 7:48 am UTC

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From a feminist point of view, Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" supports gender norms, specifically the gender norm of female weakness, in several ways. Although it is true that Jig wants...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 1:16 pm UTC

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1. Writing style is not something that is based on gender, so to consider Hemingway’s prose “masculine” is problematic. However, he has popularly been portrayed as a “man’s man,” someone who...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2017 8:21 pm UTC

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Authors love their titles and put a great deal of thought into writing them. Frequently a title will communicate symbolism or irony or relate to a particular theme in the story or novel....

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 5:40 pm UTC

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The term "white elephant" is commonly used to describe a useless or burdensome possession. In Asian folklore it is said that white elephants were sacred, but because of their sanctity could not be...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 2:39 pm UTC

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Both Kate Chopin, the author of "The Story of an Hour," and Ernest Hemingway, the author of "Hills Like White Elephants," are arguing that women want the freedom to make their own decisions,...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020 1:36 am UTC

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In the 1920s, women's roles were in the midst of changing dramatically. American women, for example, were granted the right to vote with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. In...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2020 9:17 pm UTC

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These are two excellent short stories, though arguably there are different and perhaps more pertinent ways to compare them. Examining the protagonists through the theme of choice seems to highlight...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 7:07 am UTC

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I have read the story many times. I don't see anything to suggest that Catholicism or any other religion have much to do with the situation, although they might both feel that having an abortion is...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012 8:04 am UTC

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Well, interesting question, because the answer to this is that yes, abortion is definitely a theme, but I would argue it is linked to the far bigger theme of how the partner subtly forces Jig to...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011 6:32 pm UTC

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The development of these two characters makes their relationship very clear in the story. The American (the man is never named) seems more worldly than Jig; he speaks Spanish and plays the role of...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2009 12:26 pm UTC

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Hemingway’s story seems to argue the opposite of the statement that Jig would have gone through with the abortion if she really loved the American man. Hemingway depicts the man as rather callous,...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 9:50 pm UTC

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In the modern era it is fairly easy for a woman to avoid getting pregnant if she wants to. But this story is about the 1920s. There was no such thing as a birth-control pill or a morning-after pill...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 12:02 am UTC

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Hemingway believed that the omission of certain facts about characters or plot helped strengthen his stories. He hoped that readers would bring their own interpretations and abilities to infer...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2018 1:57 am UTC

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The American and his girlfriend Jig have come to a train station in Spain near the Ebro River (rivers often run through Hemingway's stories). At first, they seem like a happy-go-lucky couple who...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016 3:56 pm UTC

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The famous short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway seems difficult to understand on the surface because the author uses his so-called "iceberg theory" to great effect in it....

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 4:02 pm UTC

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I would argue that the most important symbol in this novel is that of the white elephants of the title. This is because it seems to sum up so much of the difference between Jig and her partner and...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2012 2:47 pm UTC

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Part of this is going to come from your own impressions of Jig and the American. When developing any type of thesis, much of it comes from what you think you are able to prove in the process. I...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2010 7:40 pm UTC

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Of the four authors named here, Fitzgerald and Hemingway are the ones specifically identified as exemplifying the "Lost Generation," as Gertrude Stein described them. In "Hills Like White...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 11:38 pm UTC

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It is interesting that Hemingway does not mention the name of the man and that he also refers to Jig mostly as merely the "girl." While there is an impersonalization to both characters,...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2010 4:21 am UTC

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For a comparison essay on two pieces of literature, you'll want to compare the literary elements and the literary techniques. Literary elements are things that all narratives (literature) have in...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2012 8:49 pm UTC

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