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Zubek 1 College Writing II M,W,F Danielle Zubek Dr. Schiff January 18, 2006 Green with Life or Brown with Despair? When I first read “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, I was completely puzzled. During the dialog, sometimes it was confusing to follow which one of the characters was talking at a certain time. Also I was unsure of what the conversation between the American man and the girl was about. It was not until I was done reading and went back to reflect upon the story, that I found out what the American man and the girl were talking about, abortion. With throwing all opinions aside in my thoughts on abortion, I found that this short story was very interesting and something that people can find meaning while comparing to situations we face today. I believe that if people understand what Hemingway is trying to portray in this piece, they will recognize it to be a great work of art. Throughout Hemingway’s writing sets the scene, the characters, and the tone without even mentioning the word abortion. In this short story he does not need to identify abortion by having the characters talk about abortion. Abortion is described and discussed through other means. I propose that through his language, tone, characters, plot, and setting we can still grasp the topic of the discussion between the American man and the girl. Even though this does not help us to understand the theme of the story it does help us to clarify what is going on. Hemingway’s setting and time period of this story played an important part in the
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