The Symbolism of White Elephants in “Hills Like White Elephants” by Hemingway

A 4 page paper which examines the symbolic nature of white elephants in Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants.” Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

Hills Like White Elephants: An Analysis of Symbolism in Hemingway’s Short Story

A 4 page overview of the symbolism utilized in this short story. Ernest Hemingway is noted for his use of rich symbolism in much of his work. “Hills Like White Elephants” is particularly exemplary in this regard. Hemingway weaves together element of nature and those made by man to present a story which is rich in deep meaning, meaning replete with human emotion, controversy, and moral breaches. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Ernest Hemingway / Gender Relations in His Short Stories

A 7 page paper analyzing the reason for the lack of communication between the sexes in three of Hemingway's stories: 'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,' 'Hills Like White Elephants,' and 'The End of Something.' The paper concludes that the Hemingway code does not give much room for softness, sensitivity, and self-articulation. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.

Gender Conflict in Thurber and Hemingway

A five page look at the way tension between the sexes is depicted in James Thurber's two stories "The Catbird Seat" and "The Unicorn in the Garden", as well as in Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants." The paper suggests that Thurber tends to subvert traditional stereotypes about men and women, while Hemingway tends to support them. No additional sources.

Gender Tension and Conflict in Selected Short Stories

5 pages. In numerous stories, novels and media there is very evident gender tension and conflict. In examining this occurrence as it appears in short stories, this paper will look at three examples: Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway; The Catbird Seat, by James Thurber and The Unicorn in the Garden, also by James Thurber. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Gender Characterization

To say that gender roles are merely the subjugation of women as 'irrational' would not be true. However, oftentimes women are depicted in literature as irrational and powerless. This 5 page paper explores the characterization of Desiree in Kate Chopin's story of Desiree's Baby; for the grandmother in Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To Find and the woman, Jig, in Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants in terms of these factors. No additional sources are listed.

Ernest Hemingway's 'Hills Like White Elephants' / Symbolism

In 8 pages, the author discusses the use of symbolism in 'Hills Like White Elephants' by Ernest Hemingway. Many examples of symbolism are given. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Hemingway’s Short Stories: The Changing Role of the Female

A 15 page paper comparing and contrasting the role of women in the first two collections of Hemingway’s short stories, In Our Time and Men Without Women. Stories covered include “Soldier’s Home,” “The End of Something,” “Cat in the Rain,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” “Che Ti Dice La Patria?,” and “A Canary For One.” Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Ernest Hemingway / The Man and His Work

In 5 pages, the author discusses Ernest Hemingway, including biographical information, a discussion and analysis of the author's subject matter, what specific traits and literary techniques are evident in the author's work, and what themes are developed in a typical piece by this author. Also included are a discussion and an analysis of 'Hills Life White Elephants' and ' A Clean, Well Lighted Place,' which are specific literary selections typical of the author's work. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Comparing the Theme of Abortion in Literature:

This 7 page paper examines how the theme of abortion is addressed in Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" and Gwendolyn Brooks' "The Mother". Both of these works examine the ramifications of abortion without producing moral judgment. Bibliography lists 5 sources.


This 3 page paper discusses three of Hemingway's short stories: Hills like White Elephants, The Natural History of the Dead, and Fifty Grand. Each are analyzed for summary, characters, and themes. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Growing Up: Three Short Stories

A 3 page paper which examines the theme of growing up, or maturing, as seen in three short stories. The short stories are “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, and “A & P” by John Updike. No sources cited.


This 10 page paper discusses Ernest Hemingway and his development of the 'Code Hero'. Examples from his own life which potentially influenced this evolution are offered as well as examples from Hills Like White Elephants'. Quotes cited from text. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Abortion in “Hills Like White Elephants”

A 5 page paper which discusses the theme of abortion, and the decision concerning having an abortion, found in “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Marriage in “Are These Actual Miles?” and “Hills Like White Elephants”

A 5 page paper which examines “Are These Actual Miles?” by Raymond Carver and “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway as they relate to marriage. No additional sources cited.