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Hills Like White Elephants Essay

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This story, Hills Like White Elephants, is taken form the Objective (dramatic) point of view where the author is the narrator. The author doesn't enter the mind of the characters at any time. He allows us only to see the characters as we would in real life. This is sometimes called the dramatic point of view. The only way we, the reader, learn anything about them is through what they say about themselves.If the story were told from another point of view it would change completely. If told from the Omniscient point of view, where the author tells the story, the story would have been more informative and descriptive. This point of view is where the author assumes complete knowledge of the ...view middle of the document...

It would better help us to make a mental picture of what is going on, thus enhancing the understanding and enjoyment of the story.The main characters of the story are a man, a girl and a woman. It is thought that the woman would be the bartender. If the story were taken form her as the narrator she would be able to give us an outside view of the other characters. She could explain their body language and their actions toward each other helping the reader to understand the situation that they were in. We would be more aware of their feelings as she sees it. If the story were told from one of the main characters view, such as the man or girl, the reader would be put in an even more informative position and it would be easier to know their dilemma. The two characters are talking about doing something, but it is not quite clear what it is that they want to do. Therefore they sort of leave the reader to guess what the problem is. If the story were told from their pint of view they could tell the reader what is going on from their mind. The story would be easier to follow and be easier to understand. The reader would also be more in touch with the story therefore be able to put more feeling in the story because it would be easier to relate to the character and give them definition and purpose.By the characters only telling the story the reader losses out on the significance of certain objects and scenery. With the sentence about the "White elephants" the reader cannot be sure what their purpose is unless the character tells us. The reader is not...

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