Hills Like White Elephants

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The Theme and Narrative Elements of “Hills like White Elephants”. Ashley Terreforte
Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Danielle Slaughter
April 1st, 2013


For this paper I have chosen to discuss the theme and narrative elements of the short story “Hills like White Elephants”. In the short story “The Hills like White Elephants”, just at first glance of the title it makes me think the story is going to be about something beautiful and something of admiration; because when I think of white elephants I think of something extremely beautiful and rare. When I actually read the story it turned out to be the complete opposite. So my goal for this paper is to explain what the theme of the story “Hills like White Elephants” is and also to explain how the point of view, setting and symbolism in the story contribute to the stories theme.

Before even reading the story “Hills Like White Elephants”, I thought the story was going to be about someone or something that is beautiful because when I think of white elephants the first thing that pops into my mind is something that is extremely beautiful and possibly even rare. Once I started reading the story I quickly realized that the story was not going to be about something that was beautiful or rare; but it was going to be about something very serious. “Theme in fiction is associated with something abstract, something broad: The theme in a story is associated with an idea that lies behind the story. Every story narrows a broad underlying idea, shapes it in a unique way, and makes the underlying idea concrete.”(Clugston, 2010). After reading the story “Hills like White Elephants”, I realized why they irony of the title and why they gave that title to the short story. The theme that I got from reading the story was that of choices. I say that the story's theme is about...
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