Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants Essay

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“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way” (E. Hemingway, Brainy Quote). It is evident that this is why Ernest Hemingway writes the literary pieces he writes. Hemingway proves this by writing his short story, Hills Like White Elephants. Hemingway also quoted, “I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me” (E. Hemingway, QuotesPedia). This also relates to Hemingway composing Hills Like White Elephants along with many of his other works. Hemingway refers to past events in his life in his writings. For example, in Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway is referring to his service in World War I, and his relationship with his girlfriend that rejects his marriage…show more content…
Hemingway, Brainy Quote). Sometimes, people are faced with tough decisions that can change their life forever. In the short story, Hills Like White Elephants, Ernest Hemingway tells how a couple faces the decision of whether or not to have an operation done that would change their life. While the two main characters, The American and Jig, are at the train station they are having a last minute conversation on whether or not they should have their child aborted. Through numerous symbols, the setting, and the character’s actions, Hemingway reveals the theme that people communicate and show their feelings or opinions on matters through more ways than just obvious verbal assertions. Throughout the story Hemingway uses a multitude of symbols to show how Jig really feels about having an abortion. At the beginning of the story, Jig says, “They [hills] look like white elephants” (96). White elephants are things given as a gift to a person because they are unwanted by the original owner. In the story, the white elephant was the unborn child that Jig was conceiving. Through this symbol, Hemingway shows that Jig was trying to tell The American that she did not want the child. Notice that Jig is not boldly stating to The American that she wants to have the child aborted. To also help support this, in the story Jig was drinking
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