Evaluation Argument 'Hills Like White Elephants'

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Ernest Hemingway: Hills Like White Elephants A white elephant is an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession, but also it means a rare and sacred creature. In Ernest Hemingway’s short story Hills Like White Elephants, Hemingway uses an unborn child as a white elephant. This short story depicts a couple of an American man and young women at a train station somewhere in Spain. Hemingway tells the story from watching the couple from across the bar and listening to their troublesome conversation. Through overhearing the couple’s conversation Hemingway uses dialogue to explain the couple’s decision of an abortion operation. Hills Like White Elephants is a great example of Hemingway’s rare use of dialogue. Hemingway compresses…show more content…
On one side it is dry with no tree, no shade, and long white hills; the other side had fields of grain, trees, and a river. At one point in the story the girl walks to the side full of life with the trees and river, but the man tells her to come back and not to think that way. This could mean that she wanted to keep the baby after seeing the beautiful landscape full of life while the man did not want her to think like that. While sitting at the bar the couple orders several drinks in a short period of time which could infer that the man has persuaded the woman to have the operation because if she planned on having the baby she probably would not drink alcohol. Therefore, the drinks have helped set the setting by showing how the couple will probably handle the situation of contemplating whether to have the surgery or not. Settings play a huge role in any story but in Hills Like White Elephants the setting can be interpreted many ways which Hemingway most likely wanted for the reader. Nearly any story has characters which are revealed through direct explanations by the author Hemingway uses several ways of revealing the characters in Hills Like White Elephants. In the story the two in the couple are clearly the main characters but the reader learns about the character through their dialogue and actions. The position of the man and woman on the decision of having the operation are clear but more about the two are revealed
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