A detailed analysis of “Hills Like White Elephants,” one of Hemingway’s few feminist short stories, including the following: its themes; plot (inciting moment, development, climax, and resolution); characters (protagonist and antagonist); point of view; and the symbolism of the title of the story and of the protagonist’s name. Not as part of the student handout, I have included some notes on guiding principles in Hemingway’s writing style.
My handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, is suitable for a homework assignment or as an in-class activity. An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout.
Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.