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Hills Like White Elephants

I have only been to Europe one time, and truthfully I found it to be a big disappointment. There were a great many "things" I expected to find interesting, exciting, edifying, or enjoyable, and I...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2013 10:36 pm UTC

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Consider the fact that nothing is really resolved in the story. There is little satisfaction in the ending of the story. The American might be satisfied, but is not really reflecting anything...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012 1:19 am UTC

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Early in his career as a freelance creative writer Hemingway was having much trouble getting his stories published because editors considered many of them to be "sketches" and "vignettes" rather...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2012 3:48 am UTC

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As early as the 1920s, motion pictures had an strong influence on novelists and short story writers. Some of Ernest Hemingway’s stories are like movies—which explains why so many were adapted to...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Since a white elephant is a metaphoric expression for something that is a burdensome possession, the question of why the American does not perceive the hills as white elephants while the girl does...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012 6:31 am UTC

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To be naive can mean to lack worldly experience or to have a simple, unaffected nature with no artificiality. The female character in Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" would fit...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2010 2:32 pm UTC

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I think that there is a relationship irony evident between Jig and the American in Hemingway's short story. On one hand, both of them profess to care for the other. At the same time, there is...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 10:41 am UTC

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The story takes place in Spain and features an unnamed couple, an American man and his girlfriend, sitting outside a train station in Spain and discussing an operation that the woman is to undergo....

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019 4:06 am UTC

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Banks’ story shares many similarities with Hemingway’s – in fact, you might call the Banks story a sort of homage to Hemingway. The stories share a common structure – each consists primarily of a...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2016 2:53 pm UTC

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The setting is Spain, and therefore, the two English-speaking characters—the American man, and Jig, a young woman—are in a place where their communication with others could be limited by a language...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 11:05 am UTC

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Hemingway tells us a story here about the fragility of relationships, the impotence of generosity in certain situations, and the nature of time as moving always forward, despite our deepest desires...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 8:06 am UTC

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While there is no direct text that definitively proves that the man and woman in the story are debating a possible abortion, there are clues that allow a reader to reasonably interpret the story in...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2018 2:20 pm UTC

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Yes, I agree with #2 and #3 - the dialogue is what makes this a difficult story to work out. So much of what is really going on between Jig and her partner is completely unsaid and it is necessary...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2010 9:45 am UTC

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"Hills Like White Elephants," like most of Hemingway's work, is lush with symbolism. The hills, along with many other aspects of the story such as the train station, the drinks, and the curtain,...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 9:15 pm UTC

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The irony in Jig's words revolves around the last statement that she makes when she tells the American that she is fine. The conversation proves that she is anything but fine. Jig has come to...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010 3:43 am UTC

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In William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," the setting/environment of the South plays an intricate cultural and existential role in the life of the main character, Miss Emily Grierson. But in Ernest...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2017 11:12 pm UTC

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It would seem that to do a compare-and-contrast essay on Hemingway's story "Hills Like White Elephants" you would be almost forced to compare and contrast the two main characters with respect to...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2015 12:17 am UTC

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The two main characters have been together for a while, and Jig has told him she's pregnant. The man isn't honest with Jig because he says an abortion is her choice, but it really isn't. He comes...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2008 2:55 am UTC

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Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" is an iceberg of a narrative; a story in which practically all the drama and tension is below the surface. The action is almost...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 7:10 pm UTC

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In this story, Hemingway does not consistently use tags such as "he said" or "she said" to identify the speaker. This has the effect of making the story's language seem more stilted, more awkward...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 3:54 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, as the couple waits for a train while sitting at the bar, Jig remarks that the hills in the distance "look like white elephants." She seems to be attempting to make...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2018 3:44 am UTC

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This story is all about communication and how people do it and how effective it is or isn't. To infer what Jig is thinking in the story, readers need to examine not only what she says out loud, but...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016 5:18 pm UTC

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He did not say anything but looked at the bags against the wall of the station. There were labels on them from all the hotels where they had spent nights. The characters' perspectives on travel,...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011 3:00 am UTC

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Readers can infer that the Americans are essentially self-interested in thier reasons for wanting Jig to undergo the operation. At one point, the father of the child refers to the operation as...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2012 2:11 am UTC

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The two main characters in "Hills Like White Elephants" are depicted almost entirely through dialogue. The reader knows very little about the details of their lives. The man is American and...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2021 3:21 am UTC

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In "Hills Like White Elephants," the most obvious and also the most intricate symbolism comes in the remark that gives the story its title. A white or albino elephant was a sacred animal in...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 4:37 pm UTC

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Hemingway does not give details about the appearance of either character. The most we are told is that it is an American and a girl, and that the girl was wearing a hat - a detail that says more...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2008 10:43 am UTC

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Hemingway's style of telling this story places the reader in the role of an eavesdropper. The reader only knows what he can see and overhear. This has sometimes been called the fly-on-the-wall...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2013 7:05 pm UTC

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Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" typlifies his famous style of writing, a style referred to as the "iceberg effect" in which meaning lies deep beneath the surface of the narrative....

Latest answer posted September 8, 2012 5:39 pm UTC

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One way to approach this story is to ask what the meaning of the title is. Jig compares the hills around her and her boyfriend to white elephants, but the meaning of her comparison runs deeper than...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2018 9:37 pm UTC

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Latest answer posted March 25, 2009 4:48 am UTC

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You'll probably get a variety of answers for this one. This simplest answer is usually the best, though. Hemingway tends to create characters who represent a type--generally, a man trying to...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2010 4:08 am UTC

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In Hemingway's deeply significant story, the division of the landscape takes on a symbolic meaning as the two main characters' dialogue develops. For, it represents the isolation of the couple...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012 4:11 pm UTC

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At the end of his work about characters in World War I, All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque's character Paul remarks, Had we returned hom in 1916, out of the suffering and the...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2010 6:06 pm UTC

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This short story clearly shows Ernest Hemingway’s skillful craftsmanship in part through the way he conveys the idea that the girl is pregnant without anyone ever saying so. The dialogue between...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 6:00 am UTC

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You asked more than one question so I have had to edit your initial question and form it into a more general question about the relationship between Jig and the man in this excellent short story....

Latest answer posted October 15, 2010 2:11 am UTC

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This is a really interesting assignment. The way you write it depends on what you think Jig, the protagonist, will do after she gets on the train for Madrid. At the end of the story, it is unclear...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 7:18 pm UTC

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At the start of the story, the relationship between the man and the woman is very uncertain, because as we discover, they have to decide on whether the woman is going to get an abortion or not. It...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2011 6:36 pm UTC

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In order to come up with a thesis for Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants," you first need to determine what the story is about and what message Hemingway is trying to convey. The story is...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2018 3:17 am UTC

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"Hills Like White Elephants" is short, even by the usual standard of short stories. The transitions in it are generally gradual and subtle. For instance, we realize fairly slowly that there is an...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020 3:00 am UTC

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And it really is so subtle! The woman plays a game of emotion, while the man plays the reverse psychology card. See these examples:'It's really an awfully simple operation, Jig,' the man said....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2008 6:13 am UTC

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Carver's "Cathedral" is a first-person ("I") narrative told from the point of view of a man meeting his wife's blind friend Robert for the first time. Hemingway's "Hills like White Elephants" is...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020 12:46 am UTC

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Well, what you are talking about is symbolism. The hills represent some greater truth, idea, or value than they do at first glance. In order to get a good idea of what the hills are symbolic of,...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2009 9:49 am UTC

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The major differences in attitude come from their different positions in the relationship and the situation. That is to say, it seems likely that they'd thought they were meeting as equals…until...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2008 2:22 am UTC

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This complex question can get only the briefest answer in this format but it will guide you to further thought and investigation. Freud's letter to Wilhelm Fliess, dated Vienna, November 14, 1897,...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2012 6:37 pm UTC

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When reading this particular short story, one must take into consideration the time period in which it was written. The story itself was published in 1927 and the time setting of the story would...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2009 12:42 pm UTC

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Ernest Hemingway’s writing is often journalistically styled with clear dialogue and few descriptive words. Very little direct information is given about the characters or the scene. In “Hills Like...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012 1:36 am UTC

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This story takes place as a type of snapshot into the lives of a young couple with an important decision to make. The plot of the story is basically nonexistent; all that actually happens is a...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2011 7:01 am UTC

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This story focuses on the communication between men and women. The man in this story attempts several different strategies to influence the woman, from belaying her fear to asserting his...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2007 12:46 pm UTC

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"White elephant" is an old expression that something is unwanted or junk. In the story, the hills literally look like white elephants. Additionally, the author expects the reader to understand that...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2009 4:02 am UTC

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