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Title

Love, Death, and War: Metaphorical Interaction in Hemingway’s "Hills Like White Elephants"

Document Type

Article

Citation

Hardy, Donald E. and Heather K. Hardy. “Love, Death, and War: Metaphorical Interaction in Hemingway’s ‘Hills Like White Elephants.’” Language and Literature 15 (1990): 1-56.

Annotation

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.

Published in

Language and Literature

Volume

15

Date

1990

Pages

1-56

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