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Hills Like White Elephants. By Ernest Hemingway. The hills across the valley of the Ebro were long and white. On this side there was no shade and no trees and . “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway from Charters, Ann, Ed. The Story and its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 6th Ed. Boston: Bedford/St. PDF | The author utilizes enigmatic language that requires In “Hill Like White Elephants,” Hemingway narrates a story of a man and woman.
The two are waiting for a train to Madrid and as they wait a conversation sparks up between them about a difficult decision that has to be made. Formalism is a literary theory that focuses on the context of the story and or literary work, making the context of the story clear and understandable.
The use of formalism is to take aspects such as symbolism, tone, characters, and structure to create the overall meaning behind the story.
Geography plays a major role in literature. Geography in this short story shows the positive uplifting side of the situation at hand but as well shows the downfall and negativity. The station, an important attribute, lied between two lines of rails in the sun, I felt like this represented the two different point of views of the operation.
The couple sit facing the side of the valley where there are no trees, there is a country side in the distance that is brown and in much need of water.
I also feel like when the girl said that the hills look like white elephants, she looked upon the hills like they were beautiful in every way, something sacred and so giving to the earth. All the while she feels the same about the decision she has to make.
She feels that it would be no change between her and the man, she feels that they can still love the same. Another thing to keep in mind is the cultural aspect of the setting. Hemmingway placed his story in Spanish territory.
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It may be a bit ironic that Hemmingway placed his characters in this setting. She is a stranger in a foreign land where her male companion is her only interpreter and guide.
They can go towards Madrid and become a family or go to the same place and get the abortion Johnston. Another Symbol that is being used is White Elephants. This aspect and view of the elephant is how the man feel towards the unborn child. White elephants are sacred yet a burden to the ones that keep them.
Elephants in general are very valuable and sacred but white elephants are rare and were used to show justice and fairness in Asian countries Weeks. These elephants are a burden because people believed that these elephants should not be used for work but they had to be fed and token care of which cost a lot of money. Throughout the ordering of drinks the man just makes one passing comment on the atmosphere. The restaurant woman operates just at the commands given to her.
No feelings are being exchanged between them. The man and the girl look frozen in their minds although the weather is hot. Hallucinations of White Elephants As Hemingway portrays the atmosphere, thirst, heat and fatigue together cause the girl to develop hallucinations out of the entities present in the surroundings.
This perhaps adds to the frustration the girl is burdened with. That is how she gets interested in the Anis del Toro advertisement on the bead curtain. When the man explains that it is a drink, she wants to try it. By this want Jig means only that she is looking for a way-out for her anguish. The man however accommodates whatever she desires outside her pregnancy. Jig points out the contradictoriness in his comment on it by comparing what she has been looking forward to, to absinthe, a highly alcoholic liqueur tasting of aniseed and made from wormwood and herbs now banned in many countries because of its toxicity.
Here she ejects her anguish that she has been suppressing all the time. This opening leads to a heated argument between them.
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Fun Ending in Intolerance, Irritation, Regret, and Protest Jig charges the man for his intolerance of her comments on the surroundings.
I was having a fine time. The man still tries to address the issue of abortion lightly and instil hope in her about being further happy. What does he base their happiness on?
In her agony the girl deviates from the actual topic.
She wants to be calm as much as possible but finds it too depressing. The girl continues to play with words. Simple Solutions and Tough Prices By and by, approaches the inciting moment, or the point, at which the problem of the story appears for the first time.
Going by what Milan Kundera calls the melodic truth of the sentences, the exchanges that occur in their dialogue are very much similar to the interactive exchanges carried out by two instrumentalists in a concert. The man wants to get rid of the foetus. The girl wants to nurture it, looking forward to becoming a mother. The man is torn between his love for the girl and his dislike of rearing a child.
Within their relationship there occurs a conflict between sexuality and motherhood. The girl contradicts the feeling of security the man tries to inculcate in her. While she takes the foetus as a blessing he takes it as a hindrance to their happiness. He emphasises that it is a cause of bother and unhappiness. The girl continues her silent protest this time, fiddling with a couple of strings from the bead curtain. The rhetorical failures the man makes repeatedly leads a defiant spirit of independence to develop in the girl.
You know I love you. At this juncture, in what the girl utters, the title of the short story with or without its idiomatic meaning emerges as if to tease the man. The implication is that without a baby whatever the girl says and does is normally tolerable to the man, but right now, with the warning of a baby on the way, he gets irritated by her words that turn out to be innuendos expressed at him. The man gets confused as to how he should articulate his feelings.
The short utterances imply that the man is simply groping for words as if a henpecked husband would do while struggling with a guilty conscience. The girl utters an insinuation to the man as if she casts a fishing line with a sharp hook to catch a big fish. He wants only to have a sexual partner for himself but does not want to make any sacrifice for it.
She means by it simply that he does not care about her.
These words are just sounds only. There is no substance in what he utters. Hemingway ends here one part of the duet.
The tug of war over the foetus remains dormant for a while waiting to resume at an appropriate moment. Although it is against her will she does not want to lose the man. She does not care about herself because she wants the man.
It is time for her to take charge of her. The river becoming clear after the departure of the cloud may symbolize her potentialities gradually manifesting to herself while her myth about the man disappears with his arbitrary behaviour at this crucial moment. She feels that maternity is her legacy and the biological changes that abortion would cause in her are to deprive her of it. Again the man and the girl take their places as crescendos and diminuendos.
The stretch of discourse composed of short exchanges sounds a bit absurdist. This implies that she is convinced that her aspirations are no more secure in the company of the man. Her trust in him has already expired. Words are no more of any concrete value to her. She wants action. In order to get rid of her stress, she looks for a distraction through a beer.
Paternal Disregard for Maternal Instincts When they sit down at the table again they behave like two strangers for a moment. They look away from each other. As if to resume the fight, the man repeats his contradictory suggestion, but this time with a new phrasing. At the same time he reveals indirectly that it does not mean anything to him. He even emphasizes that he knows how the operation goes.
This implies that he has prior experiences of getting women to undergo similar operation. The parental connection the man and the girl hold respectively for the foetus vary in their unfavourable and favourable attitudes to it, precipitating a persistent conflict between them.
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Hypocrisy Exposed The man becomes conscious that his true nature has already been exposed and the girl has no more faith in him. As if he has nothing else to do he looks at the bags against the wall of the station. The labels on them from all the hotels where they had spent the nights revive his memories of lovemaking.
As if instigated by them, he starts adding more lines to his protest that he really wants only what she wants. The girl is meant to line them up and examine how weird he sounds and how grotesque he feels. Triumph over Intimidation The American, as scholars have noted, clearly wants Jig to say she wants the operation in order to absolve himself of blame, and Jig clearly refuses to give her partner that satisfaction. If she has the operation, she maintains wordlessly, it will be because he has forced her to.
That, at least, is her attitude throughout the story. Whether an inner struggle will produce a diferent attitude later on remains unclear. However, at the end of the story, Jig seems to have gotten the upper hand.
Jig all of a sudden begins smiling at the barmaid and at the American; she seems to have a new confidence and serenity about her, and the American gives up the argument to take the bags to the other side of the tracks. It seems that he realizes he has lost the argument and he takes a few minutes away from her to drink another liqueur in the bar before returning to their table.
Once he is back there, he asks if she feels better and she smiles serenely at him, telling him she is fine and betraying no anxiety of any kind. Although it is not mentioned anywhere, it is understood that, in the course of pondering on her plight in her relationship with the man, she realizes that his concern for her is totally concentrated on her flesh. Having gone through his baseless complaint made in contradictory terms, she perceives his hypocrisy.
His constant rejection of the unborn baby appears to her as an upshot of his jealousy.Please make the correction.
Hemingway ends here one part of the duet. The woman appears from the bar to let the couple know that their train will be arriving in five minutes, which the man translates for the girl. It stopped at this junction for two minutes and went to Madrid. These elements give his stories a modernist character and allow for a variety of interpretations see Lamb Copy to Clipboard.
The two railway lines continue to the end parallel to each other but without getting connected at all, symbolising the disharmony that prevails right now in the relationship between the two.