How can I write an eassy on "Hills Like White Elephants"?introduction, character, setting, plot structure, style, narrator, and theme

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It appears that you have been given a choice of elements to analyze. So, for instance, regarding style-- Hemingway's story has long been used as an example of symbolic literature.  In addition to this stylistic tool, another that you can discuss is the use of double images to convey the ambivalence of decision that the young man and woman have regarding her having an abortion.

If you wish to deal with theme, perhaps you can examine one that is prevalent with Hemingway:  One cannot return to a former state after a momentous incident in one's life happens. The young man tells his girlfriend that everything will go back to the way it has been if she has the abortion: "They just let the air in, and then it's all perfectly normal."  Even so, the young woman is not sure that she can or even wants to return to their former life of merely "looking at things, and trying new drinks."

Go to the sites listed below for information/analysis of the story as well as how-to's on essay writing.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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