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AS and A Level: Ernest Hemingway

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  1. Study Questions for the Short Story, "Hills Like White Elephants" by Hemingway

    There are several instances where this simile is used... (Paragraphs 2, 10, 11...) These metaphors also allude to barrenness, ("the country was brown and dry...") as opposed to her fertility. Now, she wonders if she'll ever get this chance again. 2. "It tastes like licorice...", "That's the way with everything..." - They are both speaking metaphorically - he's blaming the baby for standing in the way of their love affair; she's blaming him because he can't see that she wants him to see her for more than a "fine time" and be a father to her child and a husband to her.

    • Word count: 5172
  2. An example of Hemmingway writing positively is when he writes about the reaction of Marjorie in lines 96 - 106. Instead of her being angry, upset, and very emotional at having found out that Nick wants to end the relationship

    I think Nick is worries but relieved that she has asked him this. Worried because he does not want to hurt her feelings because I feel he still cares for her- he must do because from what the author is telling us, they have been in a relationship for over 10 years. Even though they are breaking up, he must still feel something for her because they have spent a lot of time together. I think Nick feels relieved that she is asking 'What's the matter Nick?'

    • Word count: 4432

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare and contrast ‘The End of Something’ by Ernst Hemingway and ‘Here We Are’ by Dorothy Parker

    "The two stories are very ambiguous and the authors invite the readers to read between the lines and make their own conclusions. Terminology is used to illustrate the machinery and fishing in 'The End of Something' but words are not specialised in 'Here we are', although idioms are used. Nick and Marjorie have been together for a long time and are comfortable with each other, but their relationship is coming to an end. In 'Here we are' the man and girl are newly wed and in a new and unfamiliar relationship. The train journey is the journey into married life, which has only just begun for them. In both stories, there is suspense and tension throughout brought on by the language, style and dialogue between the characters. The language used and how the characters respond to each other allows us to form informed opinions of them."

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