Hills like White Elephants, is a short story that was written by Ernest Hemingway in 1927. The stories main technique in giving information to the reader is using dialogue. There is a conversation between an American man and a girl who is with him. The two are at the crossroads waiting for a train at a railroad station between Barcelona and Madrid. They never specifically address what they are talking about, but they are debating about whether the woman should get a procedure or not and what will happen to their relationship and lives if she does or does not have the procedure. It can be deduced that the procedure the couple is talking about is an abortion. However in a story that uses mostly dialogue, this story also takes the time to describe …show more content…
The girl is looking out on this landscape after her and the American had discussed the abortion. The American had just said getting an abortion is the best thing to do and the girl has come to the conclusion that she does not care about herself, but just the American. This means at this moment she is thinking about having the abortion. Looking at the landscape the girl is thinking of all their lives would be missing if she has the abortion. She asks the American, “And we could have all this,” she said, “And we could have everything and every day we make it more impossible,” (Hemmingway 477). This is the girls saying they could have a life with more meaning and more excitement, but every day they continue in their routine the more impossible it is to have that life. If they continue as things are and she has the abortion they will be stuck in their mundane lives. The girl is fascinated by this more exciting landscape and wanders towards it. The American quickly ushers her back to the table and away from the landscape because he does not want a life with a child. He wants things to stay the same. He is happy with the
Author is dealing with a very controversial and touchy subject, which is abortion. Although she is writing about this topic, she is very open when it comes describing it, as written later in the story, “Quickly he grabs and crushes the fetus in several places, and the room is filled with a low clatter and snap of forceps” (Tisdale 383). Sallie Tisdale is describing a scene in gruesome detail of an abortion of a five-month pregnant woman. As the story goes on Tisdale goes through her nightmares that come with profession she has, “I woke from this dream barely able to breathe and thought of kitchen tables and coat hangers, knitting needles striped with blood, and women all alone clutching a pillow in their teeth to keep the screams from piercing the apartment-house walls” (Tisdale 383). Unlike many professions, once she is “out of the office” her work world does not leave, in the form of nightmares or negative thoughts
While Lane A. Dean and Sheri Fisher sit upon the top portion of a picnic table, they are faced with the difficulty and embarrassment of going through with Sheri Fisher’s scheduled appointment for an abortion. Lane A. Dean is bounded by what he knows he is supposed to do and being free from having a child with someone he does not know if he loves. While Lane A. Dean reassures Sheri Fisher that he would go with her, he struggles mentally and emotionally with what their spiritual principles request. Sheri Fisher responds by acknowledging, “Where he’d be was the waiting room,” (Wallace 150). Lean A. Dean gets the description of Sheri Fisher being “down to earth,” (Wallace 150) as leading to an abortion or miscarriage because of the “looking at the torn-up hole in the ground there where the tree had gone over,” ( Wallace
The American suggests that their single, carefree lifestyle doesn’t include a child and he was indifferent to the situation. Furthermore, the American suggests the operation only if she was in agreement; however, never insisting on the operation, leaving the situation
In the story, a girl named Jig and an unnamed American man are travelling in Spain. While waiting for a train, they have a few drinks, and the subject of “an operation” (476) comes up. This “operation” (476) is presumably an abortion, and the two characters have drastically different opinions on the matter. Jig wants to go through with the pregnancy, while her partner wants her to go through with the abortion. Eventually, Jig stops arguing, putting on a smile and telling the American man that she feels “fine” (478).
In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway, there is a relationship unfolding, a complex relationship difficult to understand. The relationship reveals itself by a conversation between a man and a woman, a topic of conversation that people rarely discussed in the period that the story takes place. After researching interpretations, most of my findings resemble “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.
Agony Between Fascinating Ridge Hills like white elephant is a short story that was written by Ernest Hemingway in 1924 with two main characters; an American man and Jig. It all happened in Ebro, Spain where both of them are in a train station waiting for the train that heads to Madrid. The location is described as bounded by alluring fields, wonderful trees, and magnificent hills. Although the story do not contain a background information about the characters, reading their dialogues and the whole story will give the interpretation that both of them were sharing a deep and sensual relationship. The whole idea is when the couple were enjoying the beer and the scenery, until the man consequently opened up about an operation.
One of the most notable facets of “Hills Like White Elephants” is the repetition of sentences throughout the short story. With the story running at barely two thousand words, the repetition of these key phrases stands out among the dialogue. The phrase from which the title comes from, “like white elephants”, reoccurs five times within the text. In cultural context, an elephant in the room is an idiom for a burden or an issue at hand that no one wants to discuss.
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.
Doe writes, “By showing how the conversation changes, he develops the theme that the girl takes control of the situation and supports the assertion that abortion is a female issue.” (2) The evidence he
Symbolism plays a fundamental role in Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”. The different symbols used throughout the story are capable of subtly conveying intricate concepts to the readers of this recognized literary work. It then becomes essential for them to detect all these symbols, and discern the deep meanings which they hold in order to truly grasp the story’s message which the author intended to transmit. Without this insight, many first-time readers may view the story as a simple and casual dialog between two people, a man and a woman, waiting for a train from Barcelona to Madrid. Thus, they become unaware of the intense conflict the two main characters are actually facing, haunted by the difficult decision of terminating a pregnancy
“Sammy and the American man” Different stories have different characters. Even stories in the same topic, the main characters are very different. “Sammy” in “A&P” by John Updike and “the American man” in “Hills like white elephant” by Ernest Hemingway are totally different male character. Sammy wants to change his life and situation, and the American man does not want any change in his life; Sammy takes responsibility to what he did and said, the American man does not take his responsibility; from the beginning to the end, Sammy from keep silence to have some reactions, the American man still avoiding expressing his feelings. Firstly, this essay will show what are conflicts they are facing.
The dialogue in Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” reveals a man’s and a woman’s incongruent conflict on abortion, and the author’s fundamentally feminist position is visible in the portrayal of the woman’s independent choice of whether or not to keep the baby she is carrying. The plot is very simple in the story which is less than 1500 words long. A woman and a man spend less than an hour on a hot summers day at a Spanish train station in the valley of Ebro as they are waiting for a train heading for Madrid. Their dialogue takes up most of the space and only few major actions take place.
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.
“Hills Like White Elephants” is a short story told from a third person narrator. I believe that the narrator is their waitress. She hears everything that they are saying and acts like a fly on the wall watching them. The narrator said, “It was very hot and the express from Barcelona would come in 40 minutes.” If the narrator is the woman then she knows that the woman is about to leave on the next train.
Title of the story: Hills Like White Elephant by Ernest Hemingway Plot: An American man and his girlfriend drinking at a bar while waiting for an express train to Madrid in a Spanish setting. They ordered drinks and the girl pointed out that the hills look like a white elephant to which the American guy replied he has never seen one. The girl suggested he would not have seen them and this prompted the American to reply that just because she say that, it does not mean he would not have seen one. They ordered alcohol and then fights over the taste of them.