Theme Of Masculinity In Hills Like White Elephants

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Register to read the introduction… The man is portrayed as a rugged “man’s man”; knowledgable and always in control. These descriptions are just mere portrayals of the characters. In the story, there is no description, no narration, no identification of character or intent. Everything in the story shows that the man is forcing the idea of the girl undergoing the operation. Even when the man maintains that he wants the girl to have the abortion only if she wants to, we really question his true intentions and his overall honesty. When he says “I wouldn’t have you do it if you didn’t want to”, he is not very convincing. It is obvious, from his earlier statements, he does not want to take the responsibility needed to have a child. Seemingly, he strongly wants he to have an abortion and is clearly unresponsive to the girls feelings. Likewise, in “The Killers”, Hemingway uses no subtlety in characterizing the killers, Al and Max. They clearly represent the essence of evil. Their faces are not alike, yet they are dressed in “identical black overcoats” and “black gloves”. Black of course being the most commonly used symbol for evil. Neither Al nor Max have ever met Anderson, yet they plan on killing him, coldly and impersonally. In contrast to similarities between the theme and characterization of the two stories, the plot differs …show more content…
Even to this day, most readers are puzzled by the story. It will take an exceptionally perceptive person to realize that the couples argument is about whether the girl should undergo an abortion, or not. Having an abortion at the time was considered absolutely illegal, immoral and usually dangerous. Its a surprise that the story was even published. When it was written, authors of the time were expected to guide their readers through a story. In contrast to this traditional way of writing, in “Hills Like White Elephants”, Hemingway completely removes himself from the whole story. Readers are rarely ever aware of an author’s voice behind the story. Different from “Hills Like White Elephants”, the story “The Killers”, has a plot. Ironically “The Killers”, is not about ‘the killers’ nor is it about the prizefighter who it is assumed killed,Ole Anderson. The setting of the story is at a lunch counter diner, in a small town, called Summit, some miles from Chicago. After Anderson’s usual dining time passes, the killers leave the diner, and George convinces Nick to go and warn Anderson. In Ole Anderson’s room, he seems unaffected by the news. He in fact, seems as if he has been expecting to hear about the plan to kill him. He ends up telling Nick that he can’t run anymore and that nothing can change the current situation. Nick is sent away. Nick goes back to …show more content…
Although the stories share a similar theme and characterizations, both plots differentiate. From reading these remarkably written stories, Hemingway’s true talent is radiated. He changed the traditional way of writing for twentieth century writers and for all writing in general. Hemingway showed that you don’t have to do what everyone else does. He took his stories and made them more of a puzzle for readers. Creating more dialogue and less actual storytelling. Without a doubt, he changed the way we write today immensely. His writing is a form of individuality and art. I am forever grateful for Ernest Hemingway and his beautiful way of

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