Metaphors In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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Hills Like White Elephants: The art of the subtle metaphor A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable (Merriam - Webster). This is a tool widely used when it comes to writing. ideal for all people, however, it takes time to master. An author capable of implementing the metaphors in his writing style in such harmonious way. An example where we can see the metaphors in action is in Hills Like White elephants, written by the Chicago based author Ernest Hemingway. This short story explores how a couple waiting for a baby decides whether to keep the baby or to proceed with an abortion. The male, who’s referred to as “the American” is trying to persuade his significant other to have an abortion. She seems to be doubtful about it, until she decides that she will feel empty without her unborn baby, but it resumes to either her baby or be together with the American (Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants). The metaphor that the story revolves around are the hills. Even though they’re only mentioned twice throughout the entire story their role is so versatile and important in various aspects. But to truly understand how and why these metaphors work in that way we need to make a retrospection and go to the source itself. We need to understand the life of Ernest Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway was born in Chicago, IL on July 21, 1899 and Died in Ketchum, ID on July 2, 1961. Hemingway was always both a creative and an adventurous person, he had a thrilling life with a tragic end. He served during WWI, he had the chance to write in Paris, side by side with some of the most prolific authors at the time, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald (Hossick, Ernest Hemingway: A Concise Biography). His life had so much inspiration and thrilling events that it would be unusual that he didn’t reflect those life experiences on paper. Hemingway’s style of writing is peculiar in various aspects, mostly with way Hemingway applies metaphors, but the charm on the way he uses them is that they are subtle yet they are direct. His style is simple and clean, he didn’t need to adorn his pieces for them to be masterpieces, he mastered this pragmatic way of writing, which
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