Love, Death, and War: Metaphorical Interaction in Hemingway’s "Hills Like White Elephants"
Draws on discourse analysis, speech act theory, and sociolinguistics for a close and comprehensive examination of the couple’s conversation, including a line-by-line interpretation of metaphors. Contends that the man is incapable of complex thought and death-focused while the woman is linguistically sophisticated and life-focused. Suggests that the man and woman ascribe to differing metaphors for life, and cites evidence that the woman wins the “war” over death and does not have the abortion.
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