Literary Analysis: Hills Like White Elephants The “Hills Like White Elephants”, written by Ernest Hemingway, is a story about a couple who have a decision to make. Though it is never said anywhere throughout the story, the couple is faced with an unwanted pregnancy. The characters have a tough decision to make nd they have different opinions on what the right choice is. The metaphorical image of the train station only emphasizes the decision at hand. It is also brought to attention by the little ideas brought forth by the setting and characters’ personal analysis of the situation.
Consequences by Choice A white elephant is a metaphor for an unwanted possession that causes a financial burden. "Hills Like White Elephants" was written by Ernest Hemingway an American writer and journalist. The story is about a couple with a complex relationship, who become desponded by the woman's unpremeditated pregnancy. In the story the unborn child is compared to a white elephant because of the burden it would bring to the couple, yet the color white symbolized the innocence and purity of the child. Throughout, the story it becomes visible that the man and woman struggle to concur whether an abortion is the right idea they should take.
One main theme in Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” is the idea of disconnection. In this story, we eavesdrop on a conversation held between both characters. In their dialogue, conflict is created as the characters face what most readers believe to be the obstacle of unexpected pregnancy. This is assumed through symbolism and the titles meaning. The term “white elephant” was used for an unwanted gift.
On the other hand, in, “Allusion, Word-Play, and the Central Conflict in Hemingway’s ‘Hills Like White Elephants,’” by Timothy O’Brien, from the United States Naval Academy, he sheds light on the wordplay and diction as proof for Jig not keeping the baby. Lastly, David Wyche, from North Carolina State University, in his essay, “Letting the Air into a Relationship: Metaphorical Abortion in ‘Hills Like White Elephants,’” determines the reader cannot know whether the characters have the abortion or not. Renner is correct because of the fact that Jig keeps the baby based on the diction, setting, and movements of the short
From the beginning of the of the story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway , he tells us about how an American man by the name of Jig and a girl at a crossroad waiting for a train to take the to Madrid. While waiting the girl compares the nearby hills to white elephants and the couple sit and talk about an operation that the man wants the girl to have, which is his way of saying abortion (Hemingway 274). The way that the man easily controlled the girl was a great way to use literary elements. The use of characterization,conflict, irony and symbolism help the reader figure out the meaning behind “Hill Like White Elephants” and exactly what's going on in the short story. The Characters in this short story are an American man
She even has difficulty making decisions about how she wants her drink served and only ordered her drink after getting the Americans opinion. This is the same with deciding whether or not to get the operation. She has her own views and opinions about the operation, but is obedient with the American, and will do what he wants rather than doing what she thinks is right. The girl seems to make symbolic jabs at the American throughout the story. She starts by making comments about the mountains that appear to her like a white elephant.
By definition a “White Elephant” in literature is a possession which its owner cannot dispose of and whose cost is out of proportion to its usefulness. In the following short story, the situation that the couple is in can be described as a “White Elephant”. Throughout the story a couple, a Spanish woman and an American man, are sitting at a train station waiting for their train. While there, they decide to talk about the issue at hand, a pregnancy. Jig, the Spanish woman, is eager to keep the unborn child as the American man who is the father is not.
An Individual’s Bane “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway and “Salvation” by Langston Hughes are both stories of isolation. Isolation through social pressure, a social pressure that is relentless in its quest to ostracize individuals for the things that make them different from everyone else. However, as similar as these two stories are in their themes of isolation, they differ in numerous ways. The settings are vastly different, “Salvation” depicting a church in the early 1900s, while “Hills Like White Elephants” on the other hand portrays a train station in Early 1920s Ebro, about 10 years later than Langston Hughes work takes place. These stories differ in many other ways including characters, the conflict in each story, symbols,
Throughout "Hills Like White Elephants" the readers can assume that the communication between the young couple is absent. Even though the short story is mostly dialogue, the couple fails to communicate about their relationship and the abortion. The couples fail to make their opinions clear, and this causes distress for the couple. After failing to get somewhere with the abortion topic, the couple realizes that their relationship is ending. They grasp that if the woman gets the abortion that their relationship will not be the same as if was once before.
This story is about understanding that not being the same people your parents are is okay because you are special in your own way. Firstly, the author drops many subtle hints on different parts of the characters lives, but never openly says what that part is. For example, there are many hints that the parents of the young boy narrating the story are getting divorced. His father is constantly saying how the boy’s mothers will never forgive