Hills like White Elephants

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David Alvarez ENG 2012 February 3, 2011 Hills like White Elephants One of Ernest Hemingway’s short story pieces, “Hills like White Elephants”, is an excellent example of his minimalistic style of writing. Minimalist writers opt to not go in depth with the story. The lack of adjectives and adverbs are also common among minimalist works. In this particular piece, the only details come at the beginning of the story, where Hemingway is painting the setting. The setting is very hot and dry, with a barren surrounding. By painting the setting vividly, Hemingway was able to create tension while the audience read the dialogue between the American and a woman whom he refers to as Jig. This short story is mainly the conversation of the man trying to persuade the woman into undergoing a certain type of operation. Hemingway’s minimalist style can be seen by not revealing what the man was talking about. All Hemingway did was structure the story so that the reader can draw his or her own parallels and come to their individual conclusion of the story. The two rails going each a different direction symbolized the choice the woman and man had to make. When the woman compares the hills to white elephants it could mean she was pregnant, being that a pregnant stomach has the appearance of a hill, or white elephant. The operation the American was talking about could mean an abortion, and he was trying to persuade her into it so they can still live their lives and travel. The great thing about Minimalism is that the author does not have to say much to tell his story. When the audience reads “Hills like White Elephants” it is open to interpretation, as Hemingway allows his readers to use their imaginations to come up with their own conclusions. He structures the story by giving you the setting and eavesdropping into a conversation where
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the audience can draw a conclusion as to what they are talking about, as well as what their decision was in the future. Hemingway’s style portrayed in this story inspired many of his other works, as well as other artists to this present day.
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Works Cited Hemingway, Earnest. "Hills Like White Elephants." Scribd . Web. 03 Feb. 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/94569/Hills-Like-White-Elephants.
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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 the station was between two lines of rails in the sun. Close against the side of the station there was the warm shadow of the building and a curtain , made of strings of bamboo beads, hung across the open door into the bar, to keep out flies. The American and the girl with
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2012 for the course ENC 2012 taught by Professor Danbaker during the Fall '11 term at FIU.

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