Hills Like White Elephants Point Of View Analysis

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In the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway the central idea is people sometimes don't appreciate something special when it's in front them.This story can put in the category of Drama because at the end the reader is left with a open ending unlike other dramas that have a closing.The story is about a couple who is waiting for a train at a railroad junction in Spain they decide to have a beer then have a conversation of whether to go through the abortion of their child.Next, the bartender tells the couple that the train arrives in 5 minutes so the American moves their bags onto the other side of the train station and gets a drink at the bar while Jig sits by herself. The theme of the story is people sometimes don't appreciate what's in front of them and is shown through characterization, point of view and symbolism. One way…show more content…
Point of view is the way the narrator portrays the angles.An example of point of view is when Jig and the American are having drinks she says, "'They don't really look like white elephants. I just meant the coloring of their skin through the trees'" (221). The author shows us that he sees a deeper meaning than mountains and shows hints that the mountains are symbols.Another example of point of view would be when the author doesn't tell the readers the deep thoughts of the American and Jig when the American moves the bags from to the other side of the station and has a drink by himself. This tells us that his point of view is subjective by writing about each character equally by giving their thoughts about each other's choices and letting their actions speak louder than their words.Furthermore, this shows the theme of the not appreciating what's in front of you because the American already made up his decision by his actions to move the luggage to the train station meanwhile Jig sat by herself trying to make her decision of what to
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