Literary Analysis of 'Hills Like White Elephants'

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“Hills Like White Elephants” is a short story written by the American author Ernest Hemingway. The story was first published in 1927 in the experimental literary journal transition and later on during the same year in the second collection of short stories written by Hemingway called Men Without Women. Ernest Hemingway is regarded as one of the most important writers of the 20th century and most of his works are considered as classics of American literature. After a first read of the short story “Hills Like White Elephants”, the reader can clearly see that Hemingway entwined some autobiographical components into the story, especially his lifelong difficulty to engage in meaningful relationships with women in particular. The numerous allusions…show more content…
The young lady doesn’t say anything for some time, and then she asks what will happen after in case she agrees to have the operation. The American says that things will be back to normal afterward and that they will be happy again, he also claims that he knows a lot of people who have had the operation and that it is nothing serious. Even though the young man says that it is Jig’s decision, the reader can clearly see that he wants her to have that operation. At the end, she says she will do it if afterward they will be happy and he will still love her. The story ends with their train to Madrid arriving and the two characters leaving the bar and going towards the platforms where all the other passengers were waiting reasonably for the train. The most common interpretation of the story suggests that the operation they are talking about is an abortion. The reader can understand that this is one of the most important themes in the story, one dealing with one’s choices and decisions. In “Hills Like White Elephants” the two characters have different opinions about the situation, the man wants Jig to have an abortion while she, on the other hand, wants to keep the baby but is facing a difficult
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