The subject the man and the girl are discussing is that of an abortion. The fact that they discuss the "…awfully simple operation"(154) without calling it an abortion relays a lot about the couple and their relationship. Furthermore, by not naming the operation, they are attempting to trivialize the seriousness of the situation, even though at the time having an abortion was a serious act. Clearly, the relationship has many flaws, seen in the way they are dealing with the subject. It is not a straightforward or honest conversation, especially on the part of the man. The man clearly wants the girl to have the abortion. He makes light of the seriousness and psychological impact it would have for the girl. At a point Jig tells the man to “…please please please please please please please stop talking”(156) the repetition of the word please seems as though she is completely fed up with the fact the man keeps bring up the issue. The girl is torn in trying to make a decision. Which could be symbolic of the train station in a way that there are only two ways the train can go and once the train leaves there is no turning back. In a similar sense when Jig makes the choice there is no turning back. In my opinion a part of her wants her baby, and another part of her wants to hang on to her lover. Moreover, if the fact that that the story is part of Hemingway’s 1927 collection Men Without Women is any evidence, they won’t work it out. I believe that they break up and Jig has the…
April 19, 2013
“Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway
I chose to read “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway. “This is a short story, that can was first published in the 1927 collection “Men Without Women” (Wikipedia).
The story takes place at a railroad station in Spain, where an American man and his companion; a girl named Jig, are waiting for their train to arrive. They are heading to Madrid, where Jig may or may…
Ernist Hemingway: Hills Like White Elephants
“Hills like white elephants”, this is a term not many may understand. The term “White Elephants” has an underlying meaning of something that is unwanted or not needed. This short story starts out in a train station surrounded by hills, fields, and trees in a valley in Spain. A man known simply as the American and his girlfriend sit at a table outside the station, waiting for a train to Madrid. They order beer and speak…
Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway tells a story quite like no other in Hills Like White Elephants. Most of the short story is set up as a conversation between an American man and girl waiting for a train in Spain. The couple dances around with what they are feeling and what they want to say about “something” but that “something” is never revealed, and up to the reader to interpret. Since most of the story is written as dialogue, communication plays a key role along with how it contributes…
I believe that Hemingway’s writing in “Hills Like a White Elephant” is good writing. It is Hemingway’s style to write in vague conversations and nondescript characters or settings. However, while he seems to be writing a very simple dialogue, there is in fact a much more complex story behind what he writes. His simplicity makes his stories compelling and mysterious, and they can pertain to many situations and feelings. This makes them applicable to most situations and readers can use their inferencing…
readers the opportunity to think about what could have happened afterwards or imagine what happened in the past. His Iceberg theory style created a simple picture on top but underneath it all, there would be a huge mass of unstated conflict. Hills like White Elephants is a prime example of the way Hemmingway portrays this commendable style of writing. This story goes so far in depth of certain themes and symbols that allows the reader to predict just what that unstated conflict could be.
The first theme…
Due: Wednesday, October 3rd
“The Hills Like White Elephants”
Ernest Hemmingway very boldly introduces an extremely controversial topic into his story that is not only sensitive in today’s culture, but also unheard of in 1927 when this story was published. This situation handles an extremely typical male and an indecisive female to decide the fate of their next few steps in the world with their unborn child. This story contains prevalent rigid misconception…
“Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway is a short story made up of a conversation between a couple. The tension between the couple can be felt with each word, which is easily understandable under the given circumstances on the topic of abortion. The male character wants the woman, or “Jig, as he calls her, to go through with the abortion. Although he never clearly states his motives, his unspoken motivation is understood by his actions throughout the story.
The couple is waiting for…
Analysis: Hills like White Elephants
In the short story “Hills like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway we zoom into a couple at a train junction in Valley Ebro. As we read into the story we uncover the journey to be taken by the couple. There are choices to be made, important decisions to take. The change in the relationship can be foreshadowed by the separations created by the tracks and various other objects in the story.
Hemingway sets out the setting at the beginning before starting with…
6 September 2013
The Big Picture
“So think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you,” said McCullough. If everything or everyone were the same thing, there would be nothing to compare it to because they’re all alike. This speech further explains to say that no one is special because everyone is special. Everyone is exceptional because no one is. This speech is called “You’re…
Angel G. Medina Villalobos ENC 1102 August 28th, 2014
Valencia College Prof. Daniel Wilson
My thoughts on Hills Like White Elephants
In Hills Like White Elephants we can see the struggle of a couple with clashing mindsets regarding parenthood. At first the problem might not seem obvious but as the story unfolds it gets clear what the discussion is about. Jig, a young and optimistic woman is constantly persuading the man, his husband or lover, that having the…