Making Modern Parents in Ernest Hemingway’s "Hills Like White Elephants" and Viña Delmar’s Bad Girl
Noting changes in birth rates and child rearing practices during the early twentieth century, Gillette outlines the debate central to the era—when to have children and how much affection/ emotion to express toward them. Gillette examines the crisis of communication that occurs between both couples as they contemplate abortion, asserting that in “Hills Like White Elephants” the couple’s attempt to control their emotions leads to greater conflict. Compares both works to uncover their authorial anxiety over the influence of literature on the modern family.
Modern Fiction Studies