• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In the short story Hills like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway there are many different ways to describe the theme

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐THEME The Theme of Hills like White Elephants Larry W. Benton II ENG125: Introduction to Literature Instructor: Jennifer Miller 8/21/2012 ________________ THEME In the short story Hills like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway there are many different ways to describe the theme of this short story but in the most basic sense I would say it is the classic cross roads symbol that is to say that it has a person that has many different ways that they could go. For instance in this story that couple ?The American and the girl? were sitting at a train station waiting on the train to what I assumed was some sort of operation in another city. ...read more.


Like how he refers to the waitress that gave them their drinks as a woman but the woman that has come with the American as a girl says that she may be young and perhaps a bit immature. This is not the only way he does this he also uses other small hints like how she does not know what ?Anis del Toro? tastes like or how to drink it this along with the way she refers to it tasting like a candy THEME [licorice] is to say that she may be inexperienced to the adult world. ...read more.


Also the way the girl refers to everything that people wait for tastes like licorice that is to say that it is bitter sweet. You wait and wait so long for something that when you finally get it, it does not madder how good it tastes you will never get the time you spent waiting back (Weeks Jr, 2002). The whole stories point of view is in the third person for the most part the narrator refers to everyone as he, she, the waitress, the girl, and the American. While it may be in second person point of view in some scents like how the girl talks to herself and others (Journey in to Literature 7.3). ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Ernest Hemingway section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Ernest Hemingway essays

  1. Hemingway's "Hills like White Elephants" Literary Interpretation Analysis

    beads from the curtain meaning that she is imagining her life with her first child, instead of the life she has been living with this man, "That is all we do, isn't it? looking at things and trying new drinks" (295)

  2. Feline Symbolism in The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber and The Snows of ...

    Wilson congratulated Macomber, but Margot felt bitter and insecure about her power over her husband. She saw the change in Macomber and was unsettled by it (Hemingway, 1987, p. 26). She was worried that the tables would turn between them, and soon, Macomber would be the one controlling her.

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

    How will this potentially affect Jig? Emotionally - the abortion (or even the thought of the abortion) has far greater repercussions for Jig than for "the American." The American looks at it as a nuisance now, something that's standing in the way of him "having a fine time."

  2. Theme and narrative in Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants"

    The man's motive is that he does not want the commitment and responsibility of a child. If I were to make an assumption as to what the man would do if she had an abortion, I would say that he would probably leave he in spite of his promises that everything would go back to the way it was.

  1. An example of Hemmingway writing positively is when he writes about the reaction of ...

    the rollers, wheels, belts, and iron, piled on a hull-deep load of lumber.' This example I have picked out goes into a lot of detail, and makes it easy for us to imagine the setting from this sentence. I can imagine a big boat carrying lots of equipment down the lake.

  2. An Analysis of Ernest Hemmingway's Indian Camp

    Because members have to either have served in the military during wartime or have a relative that did, the patronage is often older and more respectful than an average barroom. And because most members are older, they may not have a family to go home to, or they may be

  1. A biography of Ernest Hemingway.

    "He came back much too late." (Hemingway 115) By the time he got back, the people of his town where already tired of the "atrocity stories" of war (Hemingway 116). He felt the urge to talk about his experiences, but no one wanted to listen. This drove Krebs to lie.

  2. Exploring the Iceberg: In Hills like White Elephants, Hemingways austere syntax consists mainly of ...

    The day?s itinerary begins to spin on a reel in your mind when suddenly a soft feminine voice breaks your concentration. It seems to have drifted over from your left--young, shaky, and unsure. Without thinking, you strain your ears to hear what she has to say but her thought finishes all too quickly.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work