The man, or boyfriend, in the story embodies the traits of masculinity. He is focused on his desires and does his best to control the situation at hand. Throughout the story, the boyfriend and his girlfriend are discussing an operation, most likely an abortion, and the man is trying to convince his girlfriend to have one. The gentleman avoids the topic at hand when he does not want to talk about it, such a...
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...d hesitation through the girlfriend and the distance, pressure and strength of the boyfriend. The woman states twice that she “feels fine” although there seems to be a distance between the two now. Another example of why the author is intending to discuss communication is through the use of the title and description of “white elephant” such as an elephant in the room. The two dance around the subject that must be discussed, but are only able to by subtly approaching the subject and not thoroughly talking about it. The author, Ernest Hemingway, seems to use his journalistic background to demonstrate through lack of detail and constant dialog that two people can be in a discussion and yet not be saying anything.
Hemingway, Ernest. Hills Like White Elephants. 1927. The Norton Introduction to Literature. 10th ed. New York: Norton, 2011. 113-17. Print.
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