`` Hills Like White Elephants `` And `` Indian Camp `` By Earnest Hemingway

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This literary analysis will define the underlying ethnic biases of the “white patriarchal male” that is based on the short stories “Hills Like White Elephants” and ““Indian Camp” by Earnest Hemingway. Hemmingway’s biography provides a foundation for the racism and sexist behavior of privileged white males in the context of James Mellow’s description of Hemingway as a literary figure in the early part of the 20th century. The short story “Hills Like White Elephants” defines the casual and carefree attitude of a male that has impregnated a woman and demands that she get an abortion. This cavalier patriarchal attitude reveals the very same privileges of white males in society, as this also occurs in the doctor’s racist treatment of a Native American woman in “Indian Camp.” In both of these stories, Hemingway’s own patriarchal beliefs reflect the sexism and racism of white privileged males in American society in the context of his own biographical background. In James Mellow’s biographical account of Earnest Hemingway, Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences, it is evident that Hemingway is a patriarchal figure that reflects the archetype of sexist and racist white American male. For instance, Hemingway’s girlfriend, Martha, sought tog et him to stop drinking and being sexually promiscuous as a “literary way” of life, yet Hemingway responds with the misogynistic attributes of a sexist male figure: “I’ll show you, you conceited bitch. They’ll be reading my stuff long after the…

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