Hills Like White Elephants By Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway was a prolific writer. His short story, “Hills Like White Elephants” shows the tense situation between a man and a woman on vacation. Hemingway chooses to be vague in many ways. He never gives real names to his characters, nor explicitly states where they are besides hinting that they are in Spain. Additionally, he leaves it entirely to the reader to discover what the couple is discussing. By only providing information to the reader through only the dialogue of the two central characters, he creates a unique --and often advised against -- way of telling a story that engages his audience by challenging them to discover what he means. Hemingway’s story relies primarily on dialogue. During the three page story, there are really only four sections that only provide description -- not counting small details like “he said” or “she said” or one sentence paragraphs like “The girl did not say anything” (Page 2). It is interesting that he chose to do this when considering it artistically. Descriptions of the characters, of the environment, of the objects people interact with are often major points of the story that reveal something to the reader. If nothing else, these descriptions fill out the story and make the world in which it is occurring feel real. Hemingway’s choice to use only dialogue shows the reader that they need to pay close attention to what the character’s are saying. The story lies in their words, not in the movements they make or how the

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