Analysis Of The Novel ' Hills Like White Elephants ' Essay

1159 Words Feb 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Ignoring the Grim Reality The modernist time period was a break from tradition where authors expressed the feeling of rejection toward optimism. Writing focused on the human mind and allowed the reader room for interpretation using their own emotions. Three of the great authors who wrote in the modernist time period are Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. Their work portrays true modernist ideals and they use numerous different literary devices to express the theme. A similar theme interwoven into each text is the ignorance of reality and its effects. Each text includes a character who does not realize or chooses not to see the grim reality that they live in. This theme corresponds with the rejection of optimism and that one’s reality may not be as good as one may think. The theme of ignoring reality is shown similarly in the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemmingway and the poem “A Little Called Pauline” by Gertrude Stein. Each main character is facing a similar problem and the problem has been ignored until this occurrence. In “Hills Like White Elephants” the woman is debating about keeping the child they have conceived, but they seem to be ignoring that issue. They are hesitant to talk about the baby or the elephant in the room. The woman is tired of ignoring eventually gets tired of ignoring reality in this example, “That’s all we do, isn’t it-look at things and try new drinks. “This example, while showing how they ignore…

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