A Canary For One And Hills Like White Elephants

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Ernest Hemingway possessed a very unique writing style that is often compared to an iceberg. The Iceberg theory refers to how Hemingway only included the most crucial pieces of information in his writing, the rest was hidden away below the surface. Two of Hemingway’s pieces that display his writing style include “A Canary for One” and “Hills Like White Elephants”. “A Canary for One”, a short story written by Hemingway, tells the story of a woman who took her daughter away from her love because she thinks that American men make the best husbands. She tells her neighbors on the train, a couple, all about the experience, but she does not know that they are going to get divorced. Although the fact that the couple is going to get divorced seems…show more content…
Since the abortion is always referred to as an operation, Hemingway is able to use the scenery and dialogue as ways to convey that the operation is an abortion. An excellent example of Hemingway’s style of writing is when the man in the story tells the woman to cut it out while they are arguing. Although this may just seem like a common comment while arguing, Hemingway used this phrase because of the double meaning that it holds. By saying cut it out to the woman, the man is both telling her to stop arguing and telling her to get an abortion. Another example of Ernest Hemingway’s writing style in the short story is when he writes, “Across, on the other side, were fields of grain and trees along the banks of the Ebro. Far away, beyond the river, were mountain. The shadow of a cloud moved across the field of grain and she saw the river through the trees.”. By looking at the field the woman is seeing life, since it is full of tall trees and grain. Meanwhile, she also sees a desolate mountain which is representative of the death that the abortion will cause, it is also symbolic of the man who wants her to get the surgery done. The cloud that is going over the field of grain embodies the man’s views and how they are overshadowing that of the woman's. By creating a scenery and conversations like the ones mentioned above, Ernest Hemingway is able to show the reader that he is talking about an abortion, without ever even mentioning it in the

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