Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Literary Devices in Hills Like White Elephants

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

In "What’s Up with the Title?" we break down the literal meaning of the components of what is for many the story’s key symbol – the "hills like white elephants." In "Setting" we t...

Setting

Modified Setting:Spain was very important to Hemingway, and there are lots of tours of ‘Hemmingway’s Spain,’ and even study abroad programs at universities where you can study Hem...

Narrator Point of View

The third-person narrator takes the fly-on-the-wall technique to extremes in "Hills Like White Elephants." We can see both the journalist and the storyteller in Hemingway working together to constr...

Genre

This story is very much about how stories are told. Even though we get a fairly realistic conversation, set in a fairly real place, "Hills Like White Elephants" is an experiment in how a fictional...

Tone

The narrator is very controlled, giving us a bare minimum of information outside of the conversations between the man and Jig, or between the man and the woman serving the drinks. This narrator con...

Writing Style

In "Hills Like White Elephants," everything is boiled down and condensed. The extreme shortness of this story makes its point all the more powerful. Hemingway's writing is journalistic and no-nonse...

What’s Up with the Title?

The title is a huge focus for most people interpreting this story, in large part because the title is layered into the story in various places. First, we should notice that the title is a simile (a...

What’s Up with the Ending?

Have you ever been in a public place and overheard an intimate conversation between a two people? Eventually you have to walk away. You can’t follow the couple through the rest of their lives...

Plot Analysis

A man and a woman are outside a bar having some drinks and waiting for a trainThe initial situation is really a view of some hill, but we thought we’d just skip right to the bar, which is whe...

Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: None

It’s rare that we can’t use one of Booker’s Seven Basic Plots to shed new light on a story. Since "Hills Like White Elephants" is a revolutionary approach to story writing, and pe...

Three Act Plot Analysis

"Hills Like White Elephants" is a revolutionary approach to story writing, and perhaps even a reaction against stories that fit into traditional plot structures. As a result, this story cannot be b...

Trivia

Forget Elvis. Be a Hemingway impersonator! Learn more here.Hemingway’s books were burned by the Nazis. (Source)

Steaminess Rating

The characters had to have had sex at least once or they wouldn’t be talking about pregnancy, abortion, and marriage. Past or current sexual experience, however, doesn't make its way into the...
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