Structure

General aspects

The sequence of events that make up the story “Hills Like White Elephants” does not correspond with a traditional plot line. Ernest Hemingway’s story is constructed using the iceberg theory, making it challenging for critics to determine whether the story has a traditional plot or not, and to pinpoint its elements. The iceberg theory means that readers are only given a small part of the story, while the rest of the narrative stays hidden and open to interpretation (just like most of an iceberg is hidden below the surface of the ocean).

Though the story is devoid of plot in a traditional sense - there is not much action - you will still be able to identify some gradual points which suggest a spike in the tension between the two characters, implying a rising action and a climax...

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