Literary Analysis Of Hills Like White Elephants

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Antoine Wood
Prof. Crannell
20 Mar. 2015
As Hemingway Thoroughly utilizes symbolism freedom of thought and or interpretation becomes the critical focus
Within the short story of “Hill’s Like White Elephants” it is quite clear that there is this idea of feelings and or emotionalism is involved. One on hand we have an American and then we have a girl. This one notion alone opens the door to this idea of friction as both the American and the girl seem to have trivial arguments over the silliest of things. “You stated it,” the girl said. “I was being amused. I was having a fine time”. “Well, let’s try and have a fine time”. “All right. I was trying. I said the mountains looked like white elephants. Wasn’t that bright?” “I wanted to try this new drink: That’s all we do isn’t it? - Look at things and try new drinks? “I guess so”. “The girl looked across at the hills. “They’re lovely hills,” she said. “They don’t really look like white elephants. I just meant the coloring of their skin through the trees”. (Hemingway 590) There seems to be a disconnection between both individuals. On one hand they seem to be calm, cool, and collected, while on the other, we get the opportunity to really see how two different people, from different walks of life respond to the same scenario in two entirely different ways. While the idea of symbolism plays a key role in this short story, I think that what stands out the most is how it becomes the center of the blatant arguing and

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