Manipulation of Syntax in Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway does a great job in vocabulary choice. His words are easy, but have deep, substantial meanings. The vocabulary wasn’t unfamiliar, and it reflected the time period of the modern-day European or American. There was few jargon used. Among the jargon was “Anis del Toro,” which was a drink that was ordered at a bar, and “Dos cervezas,” which were also drinks. “He uses words that leave us at the brink of enlightenment” (Paul Rankin). This dialect has an effective impact on the story mostly affecting the American. It shows that He can speak different languages, and could hint toward intelligent. Jig didn’t know much about the drinks; let alone how to order them in another language. This dialect shows the Americans dominance over Jig.
The descriptive atmosphere that Hemingway displays in this short story has a good connect to the tone. He makes his characters take a direct observation. Jig announces, “The hills look like white elephants” (Hemingway, Ernest) this description is very effective because it is perfectly cue with the tone. The ‘white elephant’ can be symbolized as a gift that no one