Hills Like White Elephants

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Hills Like White Elephants shows a seemingly simple discussion between Jig and an American man about the possibility of an operation. Yet, when the story is dissected it becomes apparent that they are discussing the possibility of an abortion. Nothing in the short story is mentioned or said without signaling a greater or different meaning. Hemingway used the surroundings of the train station to impact the story and designed the characters to properly show two varying personalities. Even though this is a very short story, it can be seen that Jig grows and changes whereas the American stays a very static character. The conversation between the couple is important, but the symbols are significant to indicate the underlying importance of the situation. Many themes could be analyzed from this story, but this paper will discuss the themes surrounding choice. The choice is an essential part of the story and relies on several aspects of the storytelling which intertwine to produce an invigorating discussion between two opposing viewpoints on abortion. In Hills Like White Elephants, symbols are used to portray the importance of choice, physical time portrays metaphorical time, and character dialogue is used to portray the importance of power.
The importance of choice is made a noticeable theme by the use of several symbols in the short story. The American and Jig have an important decision to make, whether or not to proceed with the pregnancy. The fact that this discussion takes
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