Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway’s, “Hills Like White Elephants”, was first published in August of 1927 but it was not until briefly after the lone publication of this esoteric short story that it received the notability it deserved; accompanied by many other encapsulating short stories, “Hills Like White Elephants” in addition to the thirteen other short stories published by Hemingway in October of 1927 made up his second collection of short stories, “Men Without Women”. Nevertheless, William Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet”, was the longest play ever written by the Englishman estimated to be written sometime within the late 16th and early 17th century; “Hamlet” is revered not only as one of Shakespeare’s greatest literary work but also as one of the most powerful screenplays to date. Furthermore, both Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” as well as Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” contain themes, qualities, and plots which exhibit the unexplainable absurdity of the universe in addition to the human condition; both “Hills Like White Elephants” along with “Hamlet” emphasize the existential beliefs of meaninglessness pertaining to human life and the world through the manifestation of these beliefs in the characteristics, motifs, and diegesis found within both works of literature by their authors.

Ernest Hemingway expressed the absurdity of life, the universe and the human condition through the subtleties apparent in his style of writing in “Hills Like White Elephants” as well as through the subtleties apparent in the conversation between the two main characters, “The American” and “Jig”. The absurdity in “Hills Like White Elephants” begins with the introduction of the setting, Hemingway has created the setting for “The American” and “Jig” to discuss a very impo...

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...,“Hamlet” were both written with a with a specific intention in mind, as all literature is. Whether that intention is to send a message intimately to the reader - as Hemingway has done - or pay homage to the difficulties of love, family and relationships on a grand scale - as Shakespeare has, authors commonly use literature for the purpose of relating to establish a connection to the person reading their works. In “Hills Like White Elephants” and “Hamlet” the general themes the authors wants to convey seems unvarying, both existential and both very articulate; nevertheless, these works of literature do not only attempt to provide the reader with extremely useful and truthful theories - which are the products of the authors minds - but they have also made a strong effort to show how accurate their perception of life is by demonstrating it in a very lifelike manner.
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