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English 2203 2.16 and 2.18

by: Morgan Smith

English 2203 2.16 and 2.18 2203

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell and Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway
American Literature Since 1880
Eric Goldman
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English 2203, Eric Goldman, Trifles, Susan Glaspell, modernism, Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants
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Date Created: 02/22/16
English 2203 2.16 and 2.18 2/22/16 2:40 PM Trifles • Women transition from separate spheres to working alongside men • Level of anger and frustration has been heightened from White Heron • Glaspel’s husband was very supportive • Revolt of Mother- Freeman had a very bad relationship with her two husbands • Symbolism o canary for women’s voices o quilt- pieces of women’s lives that are stitched together o “knot it”/ not it- bond and poetic justice § A Jury of her Peers- women usually don’t get a fair trial in the system • subtext- no omniscient narrator to tell you how they are feeling • the women find traces of violence all over the house o realize that Mrs. Wright had every RIGHT to kill her husband • she killed him the same way he killed the canary o the women take the bird into their bags to confiscate the incriminating evidence Modernism (1900-1940s) • World War I o Defending honor and promoting democracy o Lost ideals after the war • Lost Generation • Expatriates Hemingway “Hills Like White Elephants” • Minimalist and compression • Says very little and sees how far it goes • Hemingway doesn’t like flowery language • Micro stories: “ For sale. Baby shoes. Never used.” Plot notes • Non-omniscient narrator o Story told as someone overhearing this conversation at a train station • Takes place in spain- the couple are clearly tourists and not Spanish o “all we do is drink and look at things” o On a journey from Madrid to Barcelona by train o Stopped somewhere in the middle at this train station having beers and discussing a procedure for the girl • The girl Jig is pregnant • Her male companion is pushing her to have an abortion o They never directly say the word o Maybe because it was taboo in the 1920s o Maybe because the narrator is simply overhearing this conversation • Jig thinks the hills around the train station look like white elephants o Could be the “elephant in the room” o White elephants also stand for something unwanted and hard to care for • Jig is insistent that they wont be able to have it all o An abortion would change the nature of their relationship o Destroy the innocence of their love o The man seems unconcerned about the consequences and very fixated on the fact that she have the abortion • Jig wants to stop talking about the procedure o The man keeps bring it up o She says she will scream if they talk about it more o At the end of the story she says she is fine and there is “nothing wrong with her” o No certainty if she will go through with the procedure § I believe that she will not because she seems strong enough to stand up to her partner • Who is more modern or mature of the two? o Abortion could be modern so arguably the man could be more modern but forcing Jig to have the procedure is not modern o All he wants to do is sight-see and drink o She is tired of that- could symbolize she wants a more mature life and relationship, maybe even a family • Ambiguity o The procedure itself- though pretty clear it is an abortion o The nature of their relationship § Are they married? § On their honeymoon? § Why are they traveling alone together? o Significance of their surroundings § White elephant § Train station- impermanence of life/pregancy 2/22/16 2:40 PM 2/22/16 2:40 PM


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