The Role Of Women In Society According To Ernest Hemmingway's "Hills Like White Elephants", Steinbeck's The "Chrysanthemums", And James Joyce's "Eveline."

782 words - 3 pages

The role of women in society is constantly questioned and for centuries women have struggled to find their place in a world that is predominantly male oriented. Literature provides the reader a window into the lives, thoughts, and actions of women. Ernest Hemmingway's "Hills like White Elephants", Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums", and James Joyce's "Eveline" each paint a picture of women who has failed to break away from their male companions.Elisa Allen is a lonely woman who enjoys growing her chrysanthemums. Since her husband is always working the cattle on their farm, she never has enough attention or any kind of affection. The result of this dispassionate marriage leads Steinbeck to describe his main character as follows, "Her face lean and strong...Her figure looked blocked and heavy in her gardening costume, a man's black hat pulled down...clodhopper shoes...completely covered by a big corduroy apron..." (Steinbeck 260). This neglect from her husband causes her to turn to her chrysanthemums, of which she is very proud. Her husband's remark, "I wish you'd work out in the orchard and raise some apples that big" (261), shows how little interest he has for her chrysanthemums and herself. This story illustrates the neglect Elisa feels by her husband and shows how this leads her to channel her energy into her chrysanthemums instead of her marriage.In Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" the reader is introduced to Jig. Jig is a woman who lacks the ability to make decisions without the approval and recognition of her unborn child's father. In the story, "The American and the girl with him sat at a table in the shade, outside the building" (Hemingway 248). The girl comments on the hills in the background, and how they look like white elephants. Her boyfriend just ignores her and every time she talks about the hills, he changes the subject. In the story, the boyfriend is moody and wants the girl to do what he desires. He has trouble communicating with his girlfriend, which creates a problem in their relationship.The setting of the entire story of "Eveline" is very plain. Nothing in Eveline's life ever seems to change. Most of the story takes place with Eveline sitting by the window in a very dull room. The room is filled with "the...

Find Another Essay On The role of women in society according to Ernest Hemmingway's "Hills like White Elephants", Steinbeck's The "Chrysanthemums", and James Joyce's "Eveline."

The Minimalist Technique of Hemingway in "Hills Like White Elephants"

1257 words - 5 pages Ernest Hemingway's impersonal objective narrative style is best exhibited in his short story, "Hills Like White Elephants", which describes a young girl and her older American boyfriend discussing whether or not she should have an abortion. Hemingway never explicitly uses the word abortion, but instead relies on the description and details of the setting to convey an idea of this weighty decision. It is his use of imagery, symbols, and dialogue

Explain the poem, Hills Like White Elephants. A Feminist Approach to "Hills Like White Elephants"

809 words - 3 pages From a feminist point of view, Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants"uses a plethora of symbols to convey the idea that a young girl named Jig is a typical woman dealing with a woman's choice. Although the word abortion is never used in the story, the reader is lead to that conclusion through the use of symbolism.The story begins with Jig and her American boyfriend waiting for a train in the valley of Ebro, a symbolic use of the word

Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway

3034 words - 12 pages shows the decisions that they have to make. Critics find that his use of symbolism might be hard to follow for some readers. All of Hemingway’s writings ties back to wars and how life means nothing in them. That there are worthless. this was Hemingway’s realism personality on life, put on paper. Ernest Hemingway’s story Hills like white elephants uses symbolism often to add meaning and purpose to the story. For example there is symbolism

Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

545 words - 2 pages Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants"      Ernest Hemingway's short story 'Hills Like White Elephants' is a story about a couple who are having some trouble in their relationship. The main characters in the story are an American man and a girl. The whole story is mostly a dialogue between the couple. They are trying to have a fine time, but there is a tension between them and some kind of operation needs to be done. The operation

Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemmingway

653 words - 3 pages Sometimes people are faced with tough decisions that can change their life forever. In the short story, Hills Like White Elephants, Ernest Hemmingway tells how a couple faces the decision of whether or not to have an operation done that would change their life. While the two main characters, The American and Jig, are at the train station they are having a last minute conversation on whether or not they should have their child aborted. Through

Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

1656 words - 7 pages The Girl’s Metamorphosis In Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” Jig’s shifting focus on the surrounding landscape and environment, along with her dialogue, signifies her development from a dependent character who embodies traditionally feminine qualities, to a self-sufficient individual with more androgynous traits. The opposing landscape on either side of the train station in the Ebro river valley represents Jig’s

Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway

1893 words - 8 pages The difference in genders and how each one views the other has always been a controversial subject. Men are stereotyped as being irresponsible and scared of commitment. Women are seen as manipulative and bossy. It has become a kind of accepted fact that most, if not all, people measure up to these understood behaviors. Ernest Hemingway weaves both of these stereotypes into his short story “Hills Like White Elephants.” The story’s plot revolves

Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway

553 words - 2 pages Hills Like White Elephants The Latin saying, mutatis mutandi, translates into "everything affects everything else," and this especially applies to the characterization used in Ernest Hemingway’s "Hills Like White Elephants." Through close examination, it is evident that the character of Jig is revealed not only through her own actions, but also through the contrasting descriptions of her surrounding environment and her subtle

Hills like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

1676 words - 7 pages Symbolism in Hemingway’s Story ‘Hills like White Elephants’ ‘Hills Like White Elephants’ is a short story authored by Ernest Hemingway about an American and a girl named Jig. In the story, the two are sitting in a train station waiting for the train to Madrid. While they wait, they have an intense ongoing debate on whether or not to abort Jig. At the end of the story, the train is about to arrive and the man carries luggage on the

Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

743 words - 3 pages WC: 754 Title: Sacred Moments Close interpretation of the story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway leads the reader to an issue that has plagued society for decades. Understanding of the human condition is unveiled in the story line, the main setting, and through the character representation. The main characters in the story are an American man and a female named Jig. The conflict about abortions is an issue that still

Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

1745 words - 7 pages “Hills Like White Elephants”, is a short story by Ernest Hemingway. It was first published in August 1927, in the literary magazine Transition, then later in the 1927 short story collection Men Without Women. “Hills Like White Elephants” tells the story of an American man and a woman having some beers outside the station bar as they wait for the train to Barcelona. It elaborates on how an irresponsible couple unaccustomed to serious

Similar Essays

An Analysis Of Ernest Hemmingway's Hills Like White Elephants

1476 words - 6 pages Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” tells the tale of a man and a woman, who at first might seem to be having a normal and rather dull conversation at a train station, but it is only when you look closer into what is actually being said by the characters and find the small clues that Hemingway cleverly knit into the story, that you realize how heavy the conversation actually is. Unlike many authors, Hemingway leaves it to the reader

Women In "Hills Like White Elephants" And "The Yellow Wallpaper"

2227 words - 9 pages pattern in the paper. The story reaches its climax when her husband must force his way into the bedroom, only to find that his wife has pulled the paper off the wall and is crawling around the perimeter of the room."Hills Like White Elephants" and "The Yellow Wallpaper" are both about couples dealing with a delicate situation in a time when the power of men over women is obvious. The characters in both stories show that the man has more control and

The Hills Like White Elephants Essay

741 words - 3 pages James Warren, III. Warren 1College Writing IIDr. Hobbs09/24/20131:40-2:55 p.m.The Hills Like White Elephants" Life will throw challenges your way, only your choices can determine whether you succeed or fail". ( James Warren, III.)In this story we find that this is the case between two individuals and American man and woman. The story takes place in the valley of Ebros next to large white hills that resemble white elephants. In this field we find

Moving To The Girl’s Side Of ‘Hills Like White Elephants

1906 words - 8 pages Abortion is a major obstacle in any relationship, leaving the woman to decide to “terminate the baby” or to keep it. During the 1920s, around the decade in which Ernest Hemingway wrote “Hills like White Elephants,” abortion was illegal and frowned upon. Hemingway writes about an American man and a girl named Jig who finds out that she is pregnant. Throughout the essay, the couple is mentioning about having “an operation” or not. With their