Analysis Of Hemingway 's Hills Like White Elephants And Indian Camp

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Hemingway has created a minimalistic approach to the discourse of pregnancy and abortion in multiple short stories. By creating ambiguous plots, Hemingway establishes gender roles in his Men Without Women. Two particular short stories, “Hills like White Elephants” and “Indian Camp”, execute a mutual understanding of what it meant to be a woman in different eras, cultures, and geographical locations. Hemingway highlights the early stages of pregnancy and the moment of labor. While doing this, Hemingway also contributes to the notion of what is meant to be a man and the obliged power associated with manhood. Through two different scenarios in “Hills like White Elephants” and “Indian Camp”, Hemingway creates an approach that influences the perception of the role of women and their cultural disparities. Before analyzing the short stories and role of women in Hemingway’s work, the portrayal of men must be understood. In “Hills like White Elephants” and “Indian Camp”, there are many differently cultural groups and characters that belong to different ethical and traditional backgrounds. These groups are inclusive of white American men as well as First Nations men. The white men are often viewed as authoritative figures with power, while the First Nations men are classified as passive and uneducated. In both cultures, a dominance over women is apparent. Men use this superiority as a figure of gender identity, to justify their masculinity and extend their perception of gender…

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