Choose a section of the dialogue that you believe speaks to a larger truth about the time and place

Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants.”

Hemingway’s story ends with the following lines:

“I feel fine,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with me. I feel fine.”

Anytime a person insists so strongly that they are fine, we can assume the opposite is probably true.

If you watched until the end of the recent video I posted on YouTube, you will know what is at stake in this story, and you will also understand the dire historical and social context in which the characters find themselves.

With all of this in mind, for this discussion, please focus on one of these two options (not both!):

1. Choose a section of the dialogue that you believe speaks to a larger truth about the time and place in which the characters find themselves, or that exposes readers to the unspoken conflicts or concerns that are just beneath the surface. I have kept this option especially broad because I think there are many exchanges in the conversation that could illustrate a variety of issues (personal/relationship problems, gender imbalances, concerns about the future, etc.).

2. If you are still confused by this story after viewing the video and reading through this discussion post, then post a section of the story here in the thread, and identify specifically what confuses you. What specific questions do you have about this section, and how can answering such questions clarify larger points about the story?

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Choose a section of the dialogue that you believe speaks to a larger truth about the time and place

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