ENG 125 Week 2 Theme and Narrative Elements in the Short Story


Theme and Narrative Elements in the Short Story. In two to four double-spaced pages (excluding title and reference page), demonstrate your understanding of literary themes, using a short story from the readings in Week One or Two:

  1. Describe what the theme of the short story is, using Chapter Seven of the text as a reference.
  2. Identify at least two of the literary elements in the short story that contribute to the theme (e.g., plot, point

    of view, tone, setting, character, symbolism, etc.), providing an example of each element.

  3. Explain how the selected literary elements affect the narrative theme

Your paper should be organized around a thesis statement that focuses on how the literary elements contribute to the larger narrative theme.


ENG 125 Week 2 Theme and Narrative Elements in the Short Story,

We all at some point want to get away from our problems that we are faced with. At times we try to disguise them with things of lesser value. In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway the female character continuously talked of the clouds looked like white elephants. The woman and the American man hid their conflict throughout the entire story so that no one would know they were having problems. The female character of the short story talked about the clouds looking like white elephants because she was to never forget the decision she was to make in the not too distant future and the color white symbolized the purity that she felt was growing inside of her.

She, as in the female character, tried to avoid the discussion many times. I personally feel she just didn’t want to go through it. There was more than one theme going throughout the short story. I saw the theme of imagination, avoidance, alcoholism, dependency, uncertainty, and confusion. And in so naming these themes there are also many literary elements that contribute to the theme or help the theme to better be recognized by the reader.



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