Ernest Hemingway: "Hills Like White Elephants" (3394 words)


Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, two years after the publication of The Old Man and The Sea, which was cited by the Nobel judges as acontributing factor in their decision. The heroic struggle of a man standing alone was regarded as an epitome of masculine strength, exemplified by what Philip Young called the “code hero” who developed an individual ethics of action as familiar patterns of male behavior seemed outmoded and irrelevant in the aftermath of World War I and the onset of the Depression. The signature virtues of Jake Barnes and Robert Jordan, the protagonists of The Sun Also Rises (1926) and For Whom The Bell Tolls (1940), however, lost a degree of luster as an emerging …

Citation: Lewis, Leon. ""Hills Like White Elephants"". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2016 [, accessed 27 October 2021.]

35706 "Hills Like White Elephants" 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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