Hills Like White Elephant By Ernest Hemingway

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All authors have different writing styles. Some make up what they write about, but others write exactly what they know. This is what Ernest Hemingway did. He related all his works to his childhood experiences and people he came across in his life. He brought his childhood with his mother and father into his works, and he also brought in the time periods into his works. Although he wasn’t very detailed and was to the point, one still has to dig underneath the surface of the text to find the hidden meaning he provided the reader with. In Hemingway's, "Hills Like White Elephants," the vivid thoughts and experiences from his lifetime show through complicated character relationships and the struggle of times in the 1920s. Because he writes about …show more content…

He was stuck between the decision of choosing between his first wife Hadley, or his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer (Reynolds). He based “the girl and the American” off of his marriage to Pauline. In this marriage, Pauline put Hemingway above everything, sometimes including her children’s needs. This is a parallel to the girl always doing things and questioning herself to please the American, She was trying to please the American because back in the 1920s women were not supposed to have power and knowledge over the superior male race. When the American gets defensive over the girl’s knowledge, “Our backward glance reveals …show more content…

“Abortion is represented not as an ordinary health issue which may be neither dangerous nor traumatic, but as a threat to (most) women, a horrifying experience, of which they are victims in a system of double dealing morality and exploitative economic and sexual relations” (Moore). The horrifying experience explains why the girl was so hesitant on getting the operation. Even though the American said that it would be a simple operation or unlike an operation at all, that still did not comfort the girl because of how abortions were new and not legal in America until 1973, and in Spain until 1985 so it made it highly nerve wracking knowing that this is set in the 1920s. Since she was not sure about the decision, the girl threw the idea back into the American’s face by swearing him into an oath of love and promises of long time happiness if she got the operation. Their conversations were empty and instead of talking to each other, they were mostly talking at one another, which made both of them at

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