Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway Essay

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Ernest Hemingway’s, “Hills Like White Elephants”, was first published in August of 1927 but it was not until briefly after the lone publication of this esoteric short story that it received the notability it deserved; accompanied by many other encapsulating short stories, “Hills Like White Elephants” in addition to the thirteen other short stories published by Hemingway in October of 1927 made up his second collection of short stories, “Men Without Women”. Nevertheless, William Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet”, was the longest play ever written by the Englishman estimated to be written sometime within the late 16th and early 17th century; “Hamlet” is revered not only as one of Shakespeare’s greatest literary work but also as one of the most…show more content…
This is notable in the conversation between the two as a child’s life figuratively depends on the outcome of this brief un-honest conversation, which is assumably another intended message by Hemingway directed at perceptive readers of his short story. As mentioned, the absurdity of the conversation between the two lovers is present within their communication, but this also displays the absurdity of the human condition as both characters lack the honesty to be frank or straightforward with each other. This trait is not only common within the victorian conservatism of the 1920’s and 1930’s but also in the present day. The subtly in which Hemingway stresses the dishonesty between “The American” and “Jig” is apparent in the retraction of the observation made by “Jig”. When “Jig” says, “They’re lovely hills” and “They don’t really like look like white elephants. I just meant the colouring of their skin through the trees” it is obvious by this statement that her emotions or opinion regarding abortion have changed (“Jig” is now considering keeping the child). Typical of his character, “The American” suggests the two should have another drink, plainly ignoring or not paying any attention to the opinion of “Jig” (which is another effort of Hemingway’s to show the couples inability to communicate truthfully). Alcohol plays a less important role in the absurdity of “Hills Like White Elephants”; however, it is still a strong metaphor for
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