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Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway: Analysis
In his short story “Hills like White Elephants,” Hemingway writes the story from a minimalist point of view- he gives his audience very little information about what is happening and leaves the read in a state of uncertainty and let their imaginations run wild. This essay will analyze the story bringing clarity to your ambiguity.
The title is significant “Hills Like White Elephants” this is a simile (comparison of two things using ‘as’ or ‘like’). The title is ambiguous because it gives us no clue what the story will be about; at first glance you would think that this story is about an exotic landscape of some sort but in fact if you take a closer look at the word “hills” the first thing that should come to mind is raised area of land but in context to the story “the girl” is pregnant and her stomach could be the “hill.” The phrase “white elephants” suggests something that’s burdensome. Elephants are also wildlife and before the pregnancy “the American and the girl” have been living the ‘wild life.’
The word “white” in the title symbolizes ‘a new beginning’ and being at the ‘crossroads’ signifies they have a decision to make for better or for worse. Their luggage also has labels from all the hotels they stayed at which symbolizes a map of their journey thus far. When the couple arrives at the station they head straight to a bar and start to drink. They both order two “big ones” as an escape to avoid the awkwardness of talking. While drinking the girl glances the hills and says “they look like white elephants” (Hemingway 129). The girl says this to broach the subject of her pregnancy but the man wants nothing to do with the discussion.
You could tell that the girl is unhappy with the relationship or she is searching for something of deeper meaning. When she says “I wanted to try this new drink. That’s all we do, isn’t it- look at things and try new drinks?” (Hemingway 129). When she says this it’s as if she wants the man to ponder about the relationship. The girls want a more meaningful relationship and the man wants to continue living the “wild life.” The girl is torn between because she wants to have the baby and the man doesn’t this act as a curtain between them. The man says “it’s really an awfully simple operation, Jig” (Hemingway 130). The word “awfully” suggests something very bad or unpleasant and it may not be a “simple operation” after all. Due to the ...
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