Feminism in Hemingway's Short Stories

Feminism in Hemingway's Short Stories

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Feminism in Hemingway’s two stories
Hills Like White Elephants and Cat In The Rain

Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899-1961) was the American great novelist and short story writer of the twentieth century. He has been applauded for her fresh approach to post war life. Biographical reading of his novels and short stories are usually possible. Despite his efforts to write invaluable pieces, it seems he was unable to cover his anti women attitudes in his works. In spite of four marriages and numerous affairs he never seemed to have stability or lasting satisfaction in his relationships with women. He is supposed to be a bias sexist as his short stories were wholly male-dominated. His being a sexist in his novels was proved by many critics and researchers but unfortunately little has been done on his wonderful short stories. The purpose of this study was to find the elements of sexism in some of the randomly selected short stories of Hemingway to show his view point toward female characters. Although the sexism is dominant in his works, Hemingway is supposed to ignore female characters rather than being a misogynist, or anti-women writer. This study also approaches his short stories following feministic theories.

Here we are going to take a look at two of Hemingway’s short stories, Hills like white elephants and Cat in the Rain from a feministic point of view and discuss whether Hemingway in these stories is an sexist or feminist.


Feminism brings many things to philosophy including not only a variety of particular moral and political claims, but ways of asking and answering questions, critiques of mainstream philosophical views and methods, and new topics of inquiry. Feminist contributions to and interventions in mainstream philosophical debates are covered in entries under "Feminism, interventions". Entries covered under the rubric "Feminism, topics" concern philosophical issues that arise as feminists articulate accounts of sexism,...

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