Role Of Alcoholism In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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In Ernest Hemingway’s 1927 short story, “Hills Like White Elephants”, both the American man and the girl, Jig, drink alcohol throughout their conversations. While the couple discuss the “operation” as they wait for their train to Madrid, alcohol is constantly being served. Alcohol plays a significant role in this short story, representing their idle relationship with one another. It also represents their longing for alternative lifestyles. The act of drinking alcohol for Jig particularly, foreshadows her choice to abort the baby. Drinking and alcohol only brings a negative connotation to the story. Alcohol is first mentioned when the American man says, "We want two Anis del Toro" (417). Anis del Toro is a drink that is illegal in many countries

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