Hills Like White Elephants Analysis

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The Unpredictable Mood of “Hills like White Elephants” In Hemingway’s short story, “Hills like White Elephants”, there is use of symbolism that Hemingway uses to crafts a very suspenseful mood. Hemingway also uses reference to one of the characters, the American’s past to help the reader sympathize toward Jig. The mood of “Hills like White Elephants” can in fact be described as light and innocent during a reader’s first read, but can be separated to discover that something is much deeper, and the white elephant being described will lead to conflict. The reader finds the mood in the story through digging into the effects of the character’s actions and predicting what will happen after the story ends. Mood in “Hills like White Elephants” is hard to define by one simple emotion because of the way Hemingway crafts his short story. Hemingway uses symbolism in “Hills like White Elephants” to help craft a mood much deeper than a reader would think during a quick first read through of the short story. The main uses of symbolism in the short story is the uses of setting when Jig, the main character, gazes out the bar window and glimpses at the rolling hills covered in white snow. She turns to the American and makes the remark that they look like white elephants. The American responded with “I’ve never seen one”. The white elephant that Jig and the American are referencing is more than just scenery. It is in fact a symbol of the child Jig is pregnant with that the American does not want. The baby is the gift that no one wants. When realizing this the mood of the reader changes from a light to powerful and suspenseful. Intrigued by if the American will convince jig to give up the baby, or if she will decide to live her own life, the reader continues to notice character development in Jig. Hemingway uses references to the American’s past in “Hills like White Elephants” to help create a mood and feelings toward the American. On the second page the American is trying to talk Jig into having an abortion, or “operation” as Hemingway writes. The American says, “We will be fine afterwards. Just like we were before.” This shows that the American has been through this before either with Jig or another woman. This creates the
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