Summary - Hemingway, Ernest - Hills Like White Elephants

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Paul Burkhart Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway Plot – Exposition: In the Exposition we are given the circumstances: A train has stopped en route to Madrid and we have an unnamed couple around which the story will revolve. They are only referred to as “The American and the girl with him.” The couple is sitting outside the train station waiting for the train to go again. Rising Action: The action begins with the couple talking about beers and ordering some. The conversation then turns to the hills on one side of the station. The hills are said to look like “White Elephants.” The couple then begin a strange ambiguous conversation about the girl doing something to please the guy. He only wants her to do it if she wants to while she only wants to do it if it will make everything return back to its normal state before “it all begin.” They go back and forth for some time, until the girl asks the guy to stop talking. Turning Point: I believe we have a very strange turning point in this story. I believe it occurs while the guy is gone putting the bags where they need to be for their upcoming trip. It is while he is gone that the woman gets some time to think on her own and then all of a sudden begins to “feel fine,” implying she made a decision, but the reader is never told. Falling Action: The only falling action here is when the guy asks the girl how she is doing and she is totally fine. Character – We have two characters: “The American and the girl with him.”
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