The Characters Of Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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The characters of Hills Like White Elephants Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants short story takes place in a train station in Spain around the 1920s. The two main characters of his story are that of a man and girl waiting for train while drinking and the story is almost entirely told through a conversational dialogue of the characters with a few small descriptive paragraphs of the surrounding scenery of the train station in between. Additionally, Hemingway doesn’t give any characterisation of the mood or theme of the conversation, it is written in a completely neutral manner as if he were only reporting the conversation. He also doesn’t give any context to this conversation leaving the reader for the most part in the dark in regards to the subject matter of the dialogue of the main characters. This can lead many readers to view the story and characters essentially without any actual character or plot making the story pointless. However despite this Hemingway does actually develop his two main characters and gives them personality through their conversation while also subtlety hinting at the context of the conversation. As such Hemingway though not in any traditional way he creates characters and even sympathy in the reader for one his characters (the girl). As talked about above Hemingway does not give any context or characterisation to the dialogue. Because of this the reader is not given any insight into the background, personality or motivation of his characters. So
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