Hills Like White Elephants Short Story

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In both of the short stories “Hills like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, setting plays an important role. The time and place in which the stories take place, reveals the nature of the conflict of the main character. In both Hemingway’s and Chopin’s stories, the place is significantly more important than the time. Both of the main characters come to a realization at the end of each story and the place in which it takes place in is significant. To begin, Hemingway’s story takes place at a train junction where the couple is able to overlook Ebro Valley, which is a river in Spain. The fact that it takes place in is a train junction shows that the couple is at a crossroads in their lives. There …show more content…

This subsequently became the future number one for the girl, making the other barren side of the valley future number two, which would be not having the operation. Towards the end of the story, the girl’s decision is quite unclear as she exclaims that “can’t we maybe stop talking?” However, when the train is about to come, the American man moves their luggage to the other side of the valley, which is the side with “fields of grain and trees along the banks”, providing the information that the girl must have chose future number one, which would be having the operation. As a result of the setting, particularly the contrast of the two valleys, the internal conflict the girl was having was solved. Similarly, Chopin’s story relies heavily on the setting, specifically the place once again. The story takes place in Mrs. Mallard’s home as she is just receiving the news that her husband has supposedly passed away. Downstairs, in the living room, Mrs. Mallard “wept at once” which was unusual because normally women were in shock and did not have a reaction so fast. Later, Mrs. Mallard went upstairs to her room and “would have no one follow her.” Inside of her room, Mrs. Mallard imagines a new life without her husband. She sees “the new spring life” which she did not become upset about, while any other widow would be devastated to think about a new beginning. The time in which the story takes place is important here because the ‘norm’ was that

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