Critical Analysis of the Short Story ‘Hills Like White Elephants’ by Ernest Hemingway.

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------------------------------------------------- Critical Reading of Literature in English Critical Analysis of the short story ‘Hills like White Elephants’ by Ernest Hemingway. Word Count: 1367 Hills like White Elephants – Ernest Hemingway “Will Jig have the abortion and stay with the man; will Jig have the abortion and leave the man; or will Jig not have the abortion and win the man over to her point of view?” (Hashmi, N, 2003). These are the three different scenarios that have been seriously considered in Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “Hills like White Elephants”. Ernest Hemingway is a great writer, he worked as a reporter after graduated from high school and continued this career on and off for the rest of his life. He…show more content…
The American and the girl with him sat at a table in the shade, outside the building.” (Hemingway, E, 1927). The setting is in a railway station “between two lines of rails in the sun” in Spain. On one side the land is dry and desolate, but the other side has trees and grain. Hemingway divided the outside natural environment landscape setting in half to reflect the inner landscapes of the relationship. Furthermore, the contrast between the white hills and barren valley highlighted the dichotomy between life and death, fertility and sterility, and mirrors the choice Jig faces between to do abortion or not to do abortion. (SparkNotes Editors, 2007) Hemingway is good at using the word “know” in a humorous and complex way. During the argument between Jig and the American, “‘I love you now. You know I love you.’ ‘I know. But if I do it, then it will be nice again if I say things are like white elephants, and you’ll like it?’ ‘I’ll love it. I love it now but I just can’t think about it. You know how I get when I worry.’” (Hemingway, E, 1927) The conversations are fundamentally about Jig and the American talk about their relationship, but through the abstract above we can feel that the American’s language overpowers Jig’s. “‘Doesn’t it mean anything to you? We could get along.’ ‘Of course it does. But I don’t want anybody but you. I don’t want anyone else. And I know it’s perfectly simple.’ ‘Yes, you know it’s
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