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By Mei Mei Arms, IV Form
Get Well Soon: Dialogue in the Style of Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”
Editor’s Note: The purpose of this creative writing assignment in IV Form Writing Workshop was to build a better comprehension of implicit and explicit facts in writing pieces and to become acquainted with a specific creative writing style. Students chose to emulate the writing style of one of three short stories read in class: “Harrison Bergeron,” “Hills like White Elephants,” or “Cathedral”. Students were expected to employ the same literary devices that the authors of the original short stories used. Those who chose to imitate “Hills like White Elephants” were expected to convey a message without directly stating it.
The room held flowers, cards, balloons, bears, and stale air. The flowers had long since lost their sweet aroma to the cruel hands of time. Cards sat unread. Those shiny stiff “get well soon” balloons still bobbed halfheartedly in a corner by a window. Along the bed sat bears, tens of them, their kind bead eyes meant to make you feel some sort of happy, but were left collecting dust with (more…)