Hills Like White Elephants, By Ernest Hemingway Essay

999 Words Dec 5th, 2016 4 Pages
In an argument, have you ever said one thing, but totally intend for the other? In “Hills like White Elephants,” this is a common theme. Although it is particularly short, the concise short story, written by Ernest Hemingway, is captivating and definitely unique. Within the story, Hemingway creates a scene at a train station in Spain. Told through a series of dialogue, the fictional narrative explains a crisis point within two lover’s relationship. A woman referred to as Jig, and an unnamed man argue if Jig should undergo a certain operation. Although it isn’t ever specifically clarified, the reader can assume the operation is an abortion. Ultimately, Hemingway leaves his audience with a lot of unanswered question. However, his work is very insightful and is filled with many truths about life. Even though this piece of writing is a very short story, Hemingway still is able to sufficiently include a plethora of elements of fiction. Consequently, I have decided “Hills like White Elephants” is the winner of the short story writing contest because it excels in a magnitude of fictional elements, especially in setting and scene, plot, symbolism, and theme. Although this fictional work is very short, it has a very descriptive setting. In fact, Hemingway begins by dedicating a paragraph to explain the setting of the story. Specifically, the first lines read, “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…

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