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Hills like white elephants

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emilee cook

on 19 February 2013

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Referring to the "Hills like white elephants," is one of many rhetorical devices in this story. See how many examples you can find of metaphor, imagery, and irony and explain how they add to or detract from the story. As well, examine Hemingway's prose style. Some have complained about his over-use of dialogue and characters' lack of complexity, what do you think of this criticism? Hills Like White Elephants Ernest Hemingway Imagery- the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively 1. " The hills across the valley of Ebro were long and white."

2. "The hills are like white elephants." 3. "On this side there was no shade and no trees and the station was between two lines of rails in the sun."

4. "Across, on the other side, were fields of grain and trees along the banks of Ebro. Far away, beyond the river, were mountains. The shadow of a cloud moved across the field of grain." Irony - the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning 1. "I don’t want you to do it if you feel that way." 2. "Yes," said the girl. "Everything tastes of licorice. Especially all the things you’ve waited so long for, like absinthe." 3. "They’re lovely hills," she said. "They don’t really look like white elephants." Criticism 1. "I wanted to try this new drink. That's all we do, isn't it- look at things and try new drinks?" 2. "They're lovely hills," She said. "They don't really look like white elephants. I just meant the coloring of their skin through the trees."
"Should we have another drink?"
"All right." 3. "Oh yes. But I don't care about me. And I'll do it and then everything will be fine."
"I don't want you to do it if you feel that way."
The girl stood up and walked to the other side, were fields of grain and trees along the banks of the Ebro." 4. "It's really an awfully simple operation, Jig." the man said. "It's not really an operation at all."
"You've got to realize." he said. "that I don't want you to do it if you don't want to. I'm perfectly willing to go through with it if it means anything to you." Metaphors: a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance 2. " They look like white elephants." She said 1. " It tastes like licorice."

"Everything tastes of licorice. Especially all the things you've waited so long for, like absinthe." Formalism
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