‘‘Hills Like White Elephants’’ is a very short story.Only about one thousand words, the story itself is comprised almost entirely of dialogue.On one side of the station, “there was no shade and no trees . By placing his English-speaking characters in Spain, a “foreign” country, Hemingway further reinforces his theme of estrangement. Not only must the girl face this difficult decision without the support of friends and family, but she does not even speak the local language!
The other travelers and locals are inside the bar “waiting reasonably for the train.” It is in this context that the heart of the story, the deterioration of a romantic...
(The entire section is 776 words.) In ‘‘Hills Like White Elephants,’’ Ernest Hemingway reformulates and reassesses his own experiences in terms of male-female relationships and decisions about childbearing.
Many of society’s traditional beliefs were shattered by the brutality of the First World War.
The “lost generation” rejected their parents, their religion and their traditional roles.
In this essay we will argue that Jig, “a mere girl,” and not the American man, conducts herself more truthfully to the characteristics of the traditional Hemingway hero.
We will define the supremely heroic, distinctly Hemingway concept of “grace under pressure” as courage, honor, and the ability to cope with pain and suffering in the most difficult situations.He has placed his characters on a desolate train station, halfway between Barcelona and Madrid, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.Symbolically, two train tracks run in opposite directions, parallel but never meeting. and the country was brown and dry.” On the other side “were fields of grain and trees along the banks of the Ebro.” In this setting, the choice between fertility and sterility, between life and death, is clearly presented.Women, they argue, are portrayed as a corrupt influence on men, somehow diluting their masculine powers.In Hemingway’s short story, “Hills Like White Elephants,” we discover a female character, Jig, who contradicts this conventional theory.The story bears clear marks of autobiographical inspiration, and Hemingway chose a rather odd time to write it: his honeymoon with his second wife, Pauline.The author would marry four times in total during his sixty-one years, and ‘‘Hills With White Elephants’’ reveals some of his inner conflicts about intimacy.” It seems that she is brave enough to go through with the pregnancy while he is too selfish and afraid, “But I don’t want anybody but you.I don’t want anyone else.” He cannot face up to the change and challenge that life brings them. (The entire section is 849 words.) Hemingway’s characters lived during a time of social and political uncertainty.They are discussing a life and death situation, literally for the unborn child, and figuratively for their relationship.Hemingway has set a stark scene at a remote train station on a hot afternoon.