In Recognition of "Hills Like White Elephants" Persuasive Essay

In Recognition of "Hills Like White Elephants"
Argument for the inclusion of Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" in the Norton Anthology of American Literature.
# 119814 | 950 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 25, 2010 in Literature (American) , English (Argument)

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This paper argues that the novel "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway deserves a place in the Norton Anthology of American Literature. The paper analyzes the book's use of imagery, Hemingway's "Iceberg Principle", and the third person objective point of view. The author also surmises that the novel may have been excluded from the anthology in favor of better examples of Hemingway's work, or because the novel deals with the controversial topic of abortion. In conclusion, the paper reiterates that this complex and dense story ought to be in the Anthology of American Literature, amongst other stories of first-rate quality.

From the Paper:

"A strong part of "Hills Like White Elephants" is that Hemingway's choice point of view is an unusual one; he chooses third person objective. Hemingway chose to write this story with absolutely no insight to what the characters are thinking other than their dialogue and possibly with imagery. Hemingway may have wanted the reader to feel as the characters do, because it is obvious that these characters are not always aware of what the other is thinking or feeling. Whether or not it is meant for the point of view to be symbolic of the conversation between Jig and the American, it is definitely a commonly used tool for Hemingway, stemming from his days as a journalist (Cummings)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abdoo, S. "Hemingway's Hill Like White Elephants." Heldref Publications 49.4 238-40. Web. 29 Mar 2010. <>.
  • Baur, Margaret. "Forget the Legend and Read the Work: Teaching Two Stories By Ernest Hemingway." Bnet. Arts Publication, 2003. Web. 22 Mar 2010.
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