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.
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.
Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants” is about this couple at a train station in Spain needing to make a decision about an abortion. In this short story, there are a number of symbols to look at, like the setting, the drinks, the train, and the white elephant. This story takes place at a train station in Spain. The train station is in the middle of two fields. The field on the right “were fields of grain and trees. . .
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
Ernest Hemingway, a world-renowned classical American author, leaves much to the reader’s imagination and interpretation in his stories. One example of this is his short story, Hills Like White Elephants, in which an unnamed man and a woman, Jig, are deciding whether or not to proceed with an “operation” (referring to an abortion) and may end up going their separate ways in the end. The overwhelming amount of symbolism in this story can be confusing at first, but after a closer look, Hemingway's tale seems to be one of genius. The story begins with Jig and the man ordering drinks at a bar between two train tracks, one going to Barcelona and the other to Madrid. The fact that the woman orders large alcoholic beverages could be interpreted
In this excerpt of Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants, Hemingway establishes an attitude of detachment in a young girl named Jig. She travels with an American man on a train through the Ebro River valley in Spain, having a terse discussion. The man, the father of Jig’s child, tries to persuade her into getting an abortion, but his words roll off her shoulders she gazes at the white hills in the distance. Jig’s aloofness is conveyed through her lack of interest in conversing with the man.
Symbols that are shown in Hills Like White Elephants is the white elephant, the elephant in the room, the railway station and the landscape. To start off, the ẁhite elephant usually symbolizes something that nobody wants or useless; which in this case would be the women`s baby which the American does not want. Relating this to an Jungian approach we can see how this relates to an anima because the American`s personality shines through of how he just wants to be single and doesn't want to be a father. The elephant in the room symbolizes a conflict that has been brought up that nobody wants to discuss.
“Hills Like White Elephants” may be a short story about two people just talking in a bar of a station, but behind every word Hemingway uses lies a deeper meaning. It is necessary to point out that omitting further information is something that is typical to Hemingway’s writing style. The reader has to contemplate what the author wants to portray in his story in the first place. Although the author probably had one meaning in mind, the metaphors can be interpreted in many ways. While reading the story, what came up to my mind was whether the author’s personal life had to do something with it or not.
Hemmingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” takes place at a train station between two cities, accentuating the indecisiveness of the girl. While the station represents a physical crossroad, the girl is at a decisional crossroad. Fields of grain and trees sharply contrast the depiction of a dry, barren valley, both settings correlate with her decision. The story “Young Goodman Brown” symbolizes the journey away from faith.
The Journey of Mind in Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants In 1920s, America witnessed a dramatic change in social, economic, and culture aspects. Many writers began to write to reflect life and the change of the society. Hemingway is one of the outstanding writer in this decade. He got a big influence with his Ice Berg writing style. He wrote Hills Like White Elephants after having time served in the World War I as a journalist in the Spanish Civil War.