Story Analysis of 'Hills Like White Elephants'

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Hills Like White Elephants Erich Auerbach wrote "Mimesis" in 1953 and used his theories about foreground and background to help in his analysis and understanding of the story of Odysseus. His analysis is appropriate for this one story but can also be applied to other stories wherein the truth of the tale is not expressed directly (Auerbach 3). Authors can instill additional meaning through the text by the tone that is set and the way dialogue is written. Background and foreground in this context refers to what is explicitly stated by the author and what is only implied and must be understood through careful reading of the viewer. "Hills like White Elephants" is about a despondent woman. A man and a woman are in a foreign land and stop at a small cafe while they wait for a train. It is evident from the dialogue that the two are not getting along. When the young woman says that the hills look like the elephants of the title, the man responds that he wouldn't know. "I might have,' the man said. 'Just because you say I wouldn't have doesn't prove anything" (Hemingway). Immediately the girl changes the subject, unwilling or unable to disagree with him about anything. This antagonistic relationship is made evident because even an off-hand remark about the scenery is taken by the man as an insult. This is what is explicitly stated. Jig (the woman) is in a relationship with a man who is angry. Additional information is provided regarding this couple's relationship. After
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