"Hills Like White Elephants" Analytical Essay by Research Group

"Hills Like White Elephants"
An analysis of Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" and a look at how some critics consider it to be about abortion.
# 27648 | 2,258 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 15, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Hot Topics (Abortion)

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This paper discusses how, in order to understand this story, one needs to understand Hemingway's views on women, relationships, friends and children. It also discusses how one needs to understand Hemingway's artistic method and use of language, including the symbolism that is apparent in this story. The paper argues that this story is symbolic of women and their emotional struggles related to abortion.

From the Paper:

"Hemingway can be classified as a modernist in fiction. Modernism is a term applied retroactively to certain literary and artistic trends at the beginning of the twentieth century. Modernism rejected traditions that existed in the nineteenth century and sought to stretch the boundaries, striking out in new directions and with new techniques. More was demanded of the reader of literature or the viewer of art. Answers were not presented directly to issues raised, but instead the artist demanded the participation of the audience more directly in elucidating meaning and in seeing the relationship between technique and meaning. In literature, writers developed new structures as a way of casting a new light on such accepted elements as character, setting, and plot. Much of modernist fiction shows this increased demand on the reader. Ernest Hemingway gives the illusion of moving in the other direction by simplifying language to the point where it seems ascetic, but in truth his language is complex in its way, building meaning into every word and the placement of every word much like poetry. The reader needs to delve deeply into the style of the language to understand fully what is being communicated."

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