This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Critical Analysis Of Hemmingway’s The White Elephant

1125 words - 5 pages

“Hills Like White Elephants” the short story written by Ernest Hemingway, presents the difference between man and woman’s attitude toward a relationship when it becomes responsible. The conflict arises where the girl wants to keep the baby when the man asks her to have an abortion. The man tells the girl that he loves her through whole story, but does not want anyone or anything to get involved in their relationship. The man is irresponsible, improvisational, and manipulative; overall he is immature and showing childish attitude but the girl tries to become responsible and mature. The white elephant symbolizes the baby and two different perspectives (man and girl) interpret it differently. Through this essay, I am going to reveal the subordination of one side in the relationship between man and the girl, and how it drives the girl to compulsively follow the man’s decision.
The white elephant is the symbol that Hemingway used to refer to baby whom the girl bears. The white elephants were regarded as holy and spiritual animal in south eastern Asia, and possession of it implied the power and wealth. Therefore, people used to adore or even worshipped the white elephant but to some people who put more values in practical things, they were only worthless animals. Sarah Amato, graduate from university of Toronto states: white elephants were objects of curiosity and mystery, a view perpetuated by nineteenth-century adventurers who described the religious significance of these beasts in memoirs recounting voyages to Siam and Burma. For European observers the way these animals were treated indicated widespread decadence and ignorance in these territories. At the same time, the worship of whiteness, particularly when it manifested across the body of an elephant, seemed to confirm the European sense of enlightenment and superiority. Through processes of commodification, the body of the animal would also become a symbol of British imperial ambition and an emblem of the British imperial self.
When the girl looked up on the hill and compared it to white elephant, for example, she said “They don’t really look like white elephants. I just meant the coloring of their skin through the trees.” (Hemingway 36) she was asking her boyfriend for an agreement and “Should we have another drink?”(38) was the reply she got. The man is not interested in white elephant, or to the baby but he does care about joy of the moment which implied through him kept offering the girl to have more drinks and not stopping her even though she was pregnant.
When the girl looked off at the line of hills, ‘they were white in the sun and the country was brown and dry’(7) brown and dry land where man and the girl stands refers to the current state of their relationship which is unstable and devastated; the white hill is the stable and bountiful life. The girl keeps talking about the hill and looking at it implies that she wants such life with the man but the man was not interested in...

Find Another Essay On Critical Analysis of Hemmingway’s The White Elephant

Rhetorical Analysis of Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant"

1413 words - 6 pages argument is emphasized to the audience: that when the "white man" resorts to tyranny and sets out to dominate over others, it is only his own freedom that he is inhibiting.One can not possibly write a proper rhetorical analysis of Blair's Shooting an Elephant without noting the significance of the very last sentence of the essay. "I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool." By others he

Analysis of Elephant, by Gus Van Sant

2261 words - 9 pages the viewer to become its subject or characters and experience their situations as they are occurring. Gus Van Sant uses this characteristic to his advantage in the 2003 film “Elephant”. Elephant tries to capture the actual and unseen events of the tragic Columbine Massacre in attempts to make sense of a senseless act, while at the same time being true to its senselessness. (Edelstein) On April 20th, 1999, two students, Eric Harris and Dylan

Critical Analysis of “The Awakening”

1231 words - 5 pages Critical Analysis of "The Awakening" PAGE \* Arabic 1 Critical Analysis of "The Awakening"Mariusz PerkowskiUniversity of PhoenixCritical Analysis of "The Awakening"The Awakening by Kate Chopin demonstrates life dilemmas of women during the late nineteenth century. Period of time in the history that has many similarities to the position of women is society these days. While in our culture we have taken big steps toward changing the stereotypes

Critical Analysis of "The Veldt"

1652 words - 7 pages Parent & Child Conflict (2006): 1-5. Literary Reference Center. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. Hart, Joyce. “Critical Essay on ‘The Veldt.’” Short Stories for Students. Ed. Ira Mark Milne. Vol. 20. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Literature Resource Center. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. Paradowski, Robert J. “Ray Bradbury.” Critical Survey Of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-9. Literary Reference Center. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. “The Veldt by Ray Bradbury.” 30 Jan 2014 .

Critical Analysis of Sarah Orne Jewett's Short Story "A White Heron"

893 words - 4 pages Critical Analysis of Sarah Orne Jewett's Short Story "A White Heron" Set in an isolated portion of Maine, Sarah Orne Jewett's short story "A White Heron" revolves around conflict, a difficult choice a nine-year-old must make which will lead to her losing a new friend. It is the story of a lonely nine-year-old girl name Sylvia who lives in the Maine woods with her grandmother, Mrs. Tilley. As the story progresses Sylvia met a young and

Critical Analysis - An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man - John Jay College - Essay

1000 words - 4 pages Janira Obregon Professor Carbonell LIT 374 Sympathy: I feel a supportive emotion about your feelings. I feel pity for your pain. ~ Suzanne Keen, Empathy and the Novel William Apess, in his article “An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man,” contends that to proclaim Christianity and still recognize races is a lip service not upheld by the Book of scriptures. In the initial segment of his article Apess asks a few inquiries, for example, for

The Evolution of the Elephant Specie

930 words - 4 pages The evolution of the elephant specie initiates the modification in the genetic traits of an elephant through sequential generations; hence the independent species divided into separate divisions. The subspecies therefore evolved and developed independently, and ultimately expanded and branched out to form advanced species, resulting in the formation and evolution of the modern elephant specie. The current elephant is a large herbivorous mammal

Discussing symbolism in the "lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara, And of Clay are we created by Isabel Allende and Hills like white elephant by Ernest Hemingway

1068 words - 4 pages . The hills in the distance have whitish color as the sun give off light. The woman said, "They look like White Elephants." White elephant are known to symbolize unexpected or unwanted gifts, which is exactly what the baby would be, should they choose not to have the abortion. The barrenness of the land signify the situation of settling down and having the responsibilities of parenthood which they are not ready for. This life would be difficult

Film review of "The Elephant Man"

644 words - 3 pages and isn’t simply just the ‘Elephant man’. The film ends with unexpected twists and turns so tragic that it wouldn’t be considered a shocker to see a grown man cry.Every element of this film, from the cinematography to the costumes, truly proves that this film is nothing but spectacular and deserving of many awards. The use of black and white makes us feel as though we truly are in the Victorian era; in addition it is used as

An analysis of how the author gains the sympathy of the reader in "Shooting an Elephant," by George Orwell

723 words - 3 pages be humiliated in front of theBurmese. He declares, "Every white man's life in the East, was one long strugglenot to be laughed at" (101). Orwell compares the elephant to the huge BritishEmpire, and just as the elephant has lost control, he feels that when the whiteman turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys (100). Secretly he hatesthe British Empire and is on the side of the Burmese (97). The elephant isequivalent to the British

critical analysis of lord of the flies

1163 words - 5 pages forced out onto the beach where he knows they will kill him. But right then a British naval officer arrives and saves him from this tragic fate. The Lord of the Flies title itself is symbolic, “it is a mistranslation of a mis transliterated word which gave us this pungent and suggestive name for the devil”(Epstein 205). Piggy represented logic and reasoning, “he is the only one to rationalize all events”(Parivelan A critical analysis of the

Similar Essays

Critical Analysis Of White Heron

2071 words - 8 pages Critical Analysis of White Heron The White Heron is a spiritual story portraying great refinement and concerns with higher things in life. A 9 year old girl once isolated in the city found fulfillment in a farm surrounded by nature. Too those less unfortunate, money charm and other attractions can be intoxicated; Sylvia did not bite. She could have helped her situation and found a way to wealth but in the end she realized that it wouldn’t

Critical Analysis Of George Orwell's Essay "Shooting An Elephant"

609 words - 2 pages Critical Analysis of "Shooting an Elephant"In George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant," the author's character develops from the pressure to make a decision and the horrifying results which follow. A potential existed for Orwell to display confidence and high morals, but this potential was destroyed when he pulled the trigger. The death of the elephant signifies the weakness of Orwell's character.Orwell is ashamed to had submitted to the

The White Elephant And The Black Baby

1415 words - 6 pages ignore it to where it is no longer a dance for two. In order for a relationship to flourish, it requires the right balance of guidance, communication, support and respect. The stories “Hills like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway and “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin, there are differences and similarities between the American and Armand, and Jig and Desiree; which, through the imbalance of influence, communication, and respect, it created

Analysis Of The White Tiger

1037 words - 4 pages An Analysis of The White TigerIn the novel, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, Adiga illustrates the conditions of the working class in India through Balram Halwai, the protagonist. Also he points out the social inequality of the society of India through the rich and poor. Balram is a perfect example of a life story from rags to riches. However his journey to riches was not entirely ethical since he had to kill his master, Ashok. Adiga implies