Hills Like White Elephants Internal Conflict

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Short Story Analysis with Close Reading of “Hills Like White Elephants” In Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants,” the narrator tells a story of a man and a woman that are debating their big decision of an operation. This external conflict, from some of the context delivered by the author, is an abortion. There are a few phrases and key words including the title that lead to the readers understanding of the external conflict and the internal conflict of this short story. Ernest Hemingway does not spell everything out, however he leaves a lot of clues to the origins of the conflicts in the story. This short story takes place in Northern Spain at a train stop between Barcelona and Madrid along the Ebro River during 1920’s. The main…show more content…
Some clues in this passage, “'It's really an awfully simple operation, Jig,' the man said. “It's not really an operation at all.” The girl looked at the ground the table legs rested on. “I know you wouldn't mind it, Jig. It's really not anything. It's just to let the air in.” The girl did not say anything. “I’ll go with you and I’ll stay with you all the time. They just let the air in and then it’s all perfectly natural.” “Then what we do afterword? “We’ll be fine afterward. Just like we were before,” (116) shows the internal conflict of the man and woman’s individual desires including the external conflict of the abortion. (Hemingway) To start, the purpose of the man using the woman’s nickname “Jig” is to call her attention. (116) The man and woman have been rambling and beating around the bush with conversations not related to their current situation. The man is trying to resurrect the topic of their big decision. Using her nickname here is a way to keep her attention and reinforce the seriousness of the discussion. The narrator inserts the name here for another reason. By inserting a name, the narrator is getting the attention of his readers. This is where the narrator then gives clues to both

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