A metaphor is a figure of speech in which an object or phrase is about something of a greater meaning. Ernest Hemingway, a former journalist and author, in his short story, “Hills Like White Elephants,” a young couple is on their way to Madrid, to receive an operation for the female character. Because there is no official ending to the story, many questions have aroused about the baby. The problem if Jig keeps the unborn child or not leads many people attempt to find the correct answer that Hemingway hides under all the details. Such details include the title, which can be expressed as a metaphor of an unwanted, unexpected, awkward situation.
In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway, there is a relationship unfolding, a complex relationship difficult to understand. The relationship is revealed by a conversation between a man and a woman, a topic of conversation that people rarely discussed in the period that the story was set. After researching interpretations, it is consistently said “She is pregnant, and he wants her to have an abortion” (Weeks 76), to which I agree that this conversation is about abortion. With the man seemingly pushing the topic and the girl hesitant and questionable, it is unsure as to the result of their conversation. However, it is my belief that she chose to follow her heart and not get the abortion.
The openness and loneliness around the railroad station imply that there is no way to back out of the problem at hand and that the man and the girl must address it now. The heat turns the scene into a virtual teakettle, boiling and screaming under pressure. The landscape that encompasses the station plays a fundamental role in the conflict of the story through its extensive symbolism. When the girl sees the long and white hills she says that “they look like white elephants.” As she observes the white hills she foresees elatedly the birth of her baby – something unique like the uncommon white elephant. The color white symbolizes the innocence and purity of her unborn child.
It is shown through the literary elements of Imagery, Simile, and Verbal Irony. “Our skin was diagnosed by the department of beauty as ‘shallow’ we definitely needed some strong foundation to tone down that olive”[pg.39] Alaverse’s use of imagery is spread throughout the story, she uses this tone most when she is describing how much distaste she had for herself, or how she needed to change herself to be like the models seen on the television, magazines or her classmates. Throughout the story, she has an internal urge to be something she’s not. “We complained about how short we were, about how our hair frizzed and how our figures didn’t curve like those on T.V” [pg.39] In both situations, Alaverze is taking the situation
Fitzgerald creates a contrast between the two leading characters of this short story, Bernice and Marjorie. Cixous talks about these contrasting females in her article The Laugh of Medusa. She differentiates between the old and the new women and says that now is the time when this distinction between these two should be blurred. But Fitzgerald fails to blur this distinction, infact he accentuates this difference through the character of Bernice, pertaining to the old, and Marjorie, pertaining to the new woman. Bernice holds on to her old values, is shy and reserved.
The girl is not paying for this trip. This is inferred because the guy in the story is referred to as “the man” and the female is called “the girl” (Hemingway 229). This suggests that the man is older, therefore, better-off than the girl because she is younger, suggesting that she is weak. The girl wants to keep the baby, this is shown by the way she does not want to talk about the abortion. However, the man does not want the baby because he turns to get her to have the abortion.
They do not cover anything with the laziness of Dove, Dusty, and the sick young girl, Isannah. One of the main conflicts of the book is Johnny’s hand. Most of the people that read the book believes that Dove is the main reason his hand is now deform. But in the movie, Ms. Lapham is. On the other hand, the book clarifies that Johnny cannot get his hand fix, but in contrast of the movie, Dr. Warren offers to fix it for him.
Throughout the short story (1), “Hills Like White Elephants,” Ernest Hemingway is speaking about a seemingly unwanted pregnancy and a woman’s uneasiness with going through an abortion. However, Hemingway never explicitly says in this work of fiction (2) that it is about abortion or that the woman, Jig, is uncomfortable with it, but uses symbolism (3) to present this to the audience. At the time “Hills like White Elephants” was published, in 1927, abortion was illegal in most places and a very taboo subject that wasn’t to be openly discussed in public. Thus, Hemingway relied greatly upon the use of symbolism to get his message across for this reason as well as the third person narrator (4) that did not give insight into the character’s thoughts within this piece of literature (5) . He uses symbols such as the train station, white hills, the baggage, and the drinks to point towards the underlying internal conflict (6) of Jig’s decision that is being heavily influenced by the American man, who wants Jig to get the abortion.
In Jamaica Kincaid story, ‘’Girl’’ and in Anna Quindlen story, ‘’Between The Sexes A Great Divide’. It talks about too strong woman 's point of view of gender, for example ‘’ Girl ‘’ talks about how Global woman teaching which are how a woman should act in society and what they should and should not do around men For example How ladies should not be a slut around man and how man and woman enjoy bully each other from time to time. While ’’Between the Sexes a Great Divide’ ‘talks about how men and women will always be different, but they can still have a successful relationship. Anna shows this by talking about her son 's and how her son 's best friend is a girl and they still enjoy each other 's company, Or how a woman and man always
She included a book Fighting for Life by Walter Ong to point out the opposition between two different genders method in conversing. The author overly assumed that every girl/woman and boy/man shares stories and secrets the same way. She connected the anecdote in the introduction to slowly wrap the essay up. Argument #5: “The communication problems... require a new conceptual framework about the role of talk in human relationships” (Tanner 24). Tanner has given a solution to solve the lack of communication hoping divorces number can decrease.