Analysis Of Ernest Hemingway 's ' Hills Like White Elephants ' And ' A Clean Well Lighted Place '

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Ernest Hemingway is a well known American novelist of the 20th century. He wrote an assortment of novels and short stories throughout his career. Two of his most famous short stories are “Hills Like White Elephants” and “A Clean Well Lighted Place.” Both of these works are written in a way that forces the reader to look beyond the general details to interpret the meanings of the stories. The significance of the works must be determined based on underlying themes and symbolism. This style of writing is called the Iceberg Theory. The Iceberg Theory refers to the fact that much like an iceberg, the real implications of Hemingway’s literature exist beneath the surface. In addition to being linked with the Iceberg Theory, Hemingway is also associated with specific themes and symbolism in his writing collectively referred to as Hemingway Code. Some examples of Hemingway Code include: bravery, grace under pressure, admiration and appreciation of other cultures, dignity in ourselves and in others, and existentialism. Though “Hills Like White Elephants” and “A Clean Well Lighted Place” are both Hemingway short stories, different elements of Hemingway Code appear in each work. Hemingway starts “Hills Like White Elephants” by introducing our two main characters, calling them, “the American and the girl” (Hemingway 212). “Hills Like White Elephants” takes place in Spain; it is evident from this that the man is likely an expatriate and it leaves the identity of the girl up to…

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