`` Hills Like White Elephants `` By Ernest Hemingway

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The short story “Hills Like White Elephants” written by Ernest Hemingway, is an intriguing literary work that foretells the story of a man and a woman waiting for a train, whilst discussing their feelings and emotions towards the surgical operation that is about to occur on the woman. Although the story was originally written in August 1927, the piece was later published in Hemingway’s short story collection ‘Men Without Women’. The text includes a wide variety of literary terms and has various critical aspects such as the literary technique; realism. The story emphasises realism as it focuses on two middle-class or lower-class people who have the “problems of ordinary people in unremarkable circumstances [and] are rendered with close attention to the details of physical setting and to the complexities of social life.’(Baldick “Realism”) The principal theme of the story is the problem of gender relations and miscommunication, as a man and woman converse about the upcoming distress of the abortion. A part of the reason for the miscommunication is because of the different genders and how they view this topic. Another section raising concern is the way in which how they have decided to communicate the obstacle. Abortion is a controversial issue, there are many issues with how the man and the woman are addressing the topic. The man and the woman in the set text are faced with the challenge of communication and how their life will be viewed after this event. The man and the
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