Critical Analysis of the Short Story ‘Hills Like White Elephants’ by Ernest Hemingway.

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Critical Reading of Literature in English
Critical Analysis of the short story ‘Hills like White Elephants’ by Ernest Hemingway.

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Hills like White Elephants – Ernest Hemingway “Will Jig have the abortion and stay with the man; will Jig have the abortion and leave the man; or will Jig not have the abortion and win the man over to her point of view?” (Hashmi, N, 2003). These are the three different scenarios that have been seriously considered in Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “Hills like White Elephants”.
Ernest Hemingway is a great writer, he worked as a reporter after graduated from high school and continued this career on and off for the rest of his life. He
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Hemingway’s stories are normally implicit that the readers have to understand and dig the real meaning out by themselves, just like he did not mention the word “abortion” at all through the whole story. This writing style is also known as the “Iceberg Theory”, that means the author only reveals one-eighth of the information on the surface of the story just like an iceberg only shows one-eighth of it above water (Li-Jun, Y., Ding-Xi, X., 2010).
The subject, theme, setting, plot, characters, point of view, conflict, style, dialog, symbolism, irony and compression all make “Hills like White Elephants” one of the most awesome short stories of Ernest Hemingway. (Weeks Jr., L. E., 1980)
The themes of “Hills like White Elephants” are the “choices and consequences” of an unmarried couple in the midst of a disagreement about abortion, which the American believes in the choice for abortion will free them to what they were before and Jig believes more realistic consideration of the choices and consequences. “Doubt and ambiguity” is another them that covered through the whole story, which the American is not careful of how he communicate with Jig, and Jig is only wondering if the American will continue to love and stay with her.
The story begins with a big description paragraph of the landscape: “The hills across the valley of the Ebro were long and white. On this side there was no shade and no trees and the station was between two lines of rails in the sun. Close against the

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