In Hills like White Elephants, Hemingway vaguely points to the controversial subject of abortion. Though the word is not at all stated in the story but the major subject of the story is abortion. In The Yellow Wallpaper, which was written in 1892, centers around the major theme of feminism. It intrinsically describes the state of women during that era. It also brings some kind of horror to the minds of the readers, since it is centering on the theme of delirium which was a common disease assigned to women of that age. The story is about a woman, who is subjected to confinement by her physician husband.
Even though both the stories are entirely different with respect to their subject matter, an invisible chain of commonality binds them together. The settings of both these stories have contributed in a great way to the theme, characterization and the tone of the story. Although the settings are not static in the above mentioned stories, it is dynamic and has a major role to play in both the stories. The settings provide insightful views for the major characters in Hills like White Elephants and The Yellow Wallpaper.
In Hills like White Elephants, Jig compares the distant hills around the railway station where the story takes place, to white eleph...
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...s. All these can be interpreted from the very nature of the settings, the room with the yellow wallpaper.
In both the stories, the title can be considered to have some sort of strange commonness. The titles of the stories directly describe the nature of the settings under which each story is placed. Thus, Ernest Hemingway’s Hills like White Elephants and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper depicts the entire trauma of its characters by means of the settings. The settings give an alluring charm to the plot of both the stories.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkin. The Yellow Wallpaper. The Broadview Anthology of Short
Fiction. Ed. Julia Gaunce, Suzette Mayr. Toronto: Peterborough. 2005. Print.
Hemingway, Ernest. Death by Landscape. The Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction.
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