Ernest Hemingway 's `` Indian Camp `` And Hills Like White Elephants ``

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In this article, East Carolina University English professor Dr. Margaret Bauer makes the claim that one cannot solely rely on the reputation on the writer in order to fully comprehend the meaning of a certain text. This is the precisely the case with Ernest Hemingway as he was well-known to scholars to have his short stories filled with male-chauvinist characters either abusing or disregarding weak and helpless women. However, Bauer, a professor of English and women’s studies, believes that the characterization of Hemingway as an abuser and having a blatant disregard of women is almost entirely created by the scholars and readers of his stories. With an analysis of Hemingway’s “Indian Camp” and “Hills Like White Elephants”, Bauer attempts to bring her own feminist perspective to Hemingway’s notoriously misogynistic texts to prove that there are more to his female characters than there is on the surface and to possibly emasculate his reputation of portraying women as powerless and one-dimensional characters. Dr. Bauer’s overall argument regarding the position of women in Hemingway’s “Indian Camp” and “Hills Like White Elephants” is that each woman in their own story is stronger than the man even though the tales are told more from the male perspective. As Bauer explains, there is a “development of the pregnant woman” in “Hills Like White Elephants” in which the girl must choose between having her child or losing it in order to heal the relationship with the man. If she must
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