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Hills Like White Elephants

The most interesting thing about Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" is not the problem facing the American and the girl, but the way in which the story is told. The style is completely...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2015 1:17 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

In Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants," the character the American appears to be an overly selfish person who is used to getting his way without consequences. Over the course of his...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2011 5:17 am UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

The fact that the woman in the story, Jig, has white elephants on her mind leads me to believe that she views her unborn child as something that other people would think of as a gift but that she...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 12:20 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

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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Hills Like White Elephants

In Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" there is, indeed, much to the dialogue between Jig and her unnamed partner (is not that curious?). Also, symbolism plays a significant role so you may...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2011 7:46 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

You do have to read this story pretty carefully to pick up the central theme of abortion and how it is presented. Hemmingway seems to focus on this theme and how terrible it is by actually only...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2011 6:29 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

There are several reasons Hemingway selected this title for this story. The less important ones are the functional (maybe the hills really looked like this), and some of the lesser symbolism of the...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2007 11:12 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

One question per day, please. In Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants," the "White Elephant" is, according to Wiki: an idiom for a valuable possession of which its owner cannot...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2010 2:05 am UTC

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I would like to suggest that you take the unpopular position that the American and Jig are married. Most people who have commented on this story believe they are just living together. I can offer a...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2013 6:53 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

There are many ways you could carry out an analysis of this story. The story's title and Jig's line, early in the story—"they look like white elephants," (describing the faraway hills)—present an...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017 1:37 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

I think that the fundamental difference in the third person style of narration in both stories is one of support for the protagonists. It is evident in the narration of Santiago's narrative that...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011 10:08 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

Interestingly, I think we can expand our discussion of the role of the hills in Hemingway's classic short story. Note how Jig later on contradicts her earlier statement, saying that now the hills...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2011 2:51 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

I see from your tags that your focus for this essay is symbolism. Indeed, Hemingway's "Hills like White Elephants," is rich in symbolism. First of all, you need a thesis statement. Once you have...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2011 7:17 am UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

"Hills Like White Elephants" is a very short story. In the Finca Vigia Edition of The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1987), that story only takes up four...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2012 12:02 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

The significance of the discussion about what they should drink is its insignificance. By reading between Hemingway's minimalistic lines, we realize Jig is pregnant and the American man is desirous...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2011 11:54 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

I think that there are different elements to take on this. Much of this is going to depend on what approach you are going to take in the paper. I think that focusing on Jig and how she can...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2011 2:01 am UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

It is clear that it is Jig who is affected much more than the American. Of course, the limited role of the narrator in this excellent short story means that we as readers have to infer a lot into...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2010 4:28 am UTC

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Although Hemingway doesn't use the word "abortion," it should be obvious that the man has been pressuring the girl to have one and she has very relutantly consented. The man says the operation will...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012 3:06 am UTC

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Certainly, I think that there is going to be complexity in trying to understand Hemingway's short story. On the surface, it is about a couple having a discussion about a medical procedure,...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2012 6:39 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

Because it was written by Hemingway, no. Hemingway was masterful at his ability to empathize with both male and female characters, in my opinion. In addition, his perspective was believable,...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2008 7:19 am UTC

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The characters are definitely recognizable but in this short story, as in all short stories, there is not enough time to fully develop the entire personalities of the characters. By definition,...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2009 12:36 am UTC

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Since "explication" means a detailed analysis, you'd essentially select one element of the story and take it apart to explain how it works for and in the story. Start by reading the story and...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2007 10:53 am UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

This is a tricky question because, in a day of strides toward humanity as one instead of as divided into groups and sectors, it suggests that men and women authors have vastly different...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011 7:39 am UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

I think that the white elephant symbolism, as discussed in #3, is one of Hemmingway's most powerful images, as it seems to operate on so many different levels. It is the "elephant in the room"...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2010 2:06 pm UTC

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Although the short story treats the conflict between the man and woman equally and unbiasedly, the film version of Hemingway's story makes the girl a point of focus. By developing her side of the...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2007 9:12 am UTC

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It is not at all clear from this story what Jig's wishes actually are at any point. Indeed, the only time she explicitly asks the American to do anything is when she asks him to "Please please...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2018 10:41 pm UTC

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This is subject to your own interpretation. I’ll offer a couple ideas. This is a selfish, shallow man trying to convince the girl to have an abortion; which we understand without either of them...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2011 5:03 am UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

In "Hills Like White Elephants," Hemingway has constructed a traditional gender relationship between Jig and the man with her. Jig acts on intuition, which traditionally is an attribute assigned to...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010 1:31 am UTC

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It is certainly never overtly stated in the text, but it is implied through context clues, particularly the line in which the American explains to Jig that the operation is simple because "it's...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2009 2:23 pm UTC

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Hills Like White Elephants

Anyone reading a Hemingway short story must be willing to work because most of the story will be found lying below the surface details. As a realist, Hemingway created characters, placed them in...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2009 3:13 pm UTC

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