Ernest Hemingway And David Foster Wallace: A Literary Analysis

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Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants" and David Foster Wallace’s “Good People,” are respected, yet controversial text within American literature. In Both works they confront the hard-hitting reality of how couples face the struggles of an unwanted pregnancy when it occurs. These stories deal with realism at their cores but deal with them in their very own ways. Both stories share similarities and differences with each other and it’s all based on the authors Ernest Hemingway and David Foster Wallace views on these themes as well as their relationship. The similarities in both pieces begin with the vague dialogue we begin to read with very little detail or depth between both couples. In “Hills Like White Elephants" actually start to…show more content…
In ‘Good People” the more modern contemporary version of “Hills Like White Elephants" we are introduce to the thought of abortion in the fifth paragraph "What if he was just afraid, if the truth was no more than this, and if what to pray for was not even love but simple courage, to meet both her eyes as she says it and trust his heart?". Another one of the first similarities depicted from these stories would be that both men are very misogynistic or described in the class “the Nice Bustard”, they both want the women to have abortions. The way they persuade their thoughts to their partners are different, for example in “Hills Like White Elephants" we see the man being very pushy towards the girl trying to down play the fact that it is a serious surgical operation by stating “it’s really an awfully simply operation, jig.” (Hemingway, 1927). In “Good people” the man is pushy in a nice way so it’s soddenly caught if your paying attention to him, for example he states “I think it's the best thing to do. But I don't want you to do it if you don't really want to." But he follows it with and if I do it you'll be happy and things will be like they were and you'll love me? This is where that ‘Nice Bastard” Approach comes in (Wallace, 2007). Another similarity and difference would be what coping mechanisms both
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