Hills Like White Elephants (1927)


  • Themes: Choices, Communication, Identity, Alcohol.


  1. Explain the setting (time, place, circumstances) and its significance.
  2. Describe the characters. 
  3. What type(s) of conflict exist in the story?
  4. What literary devices does Ernest Hemingway use? Locate as many as possible.
  5. Are there any symbols in this story? (Hint: yes) What could be symbolic, and what is the higher meaning behind it?
  6. Explore one of the themes of the story in a well written paragraph. What is Hemingway trying to tell us about one of these themes?

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