Hills Like White Elephants Symbolism Analysis

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How Symbolism Effects The Story Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants” is a very famous story that has been popular and will continue being popular. It is about a young man and woman who are caught in a predicament amongst themselves and they both have different views on what they should do. Hemingway uses the actions and gestures of the man and woman to help the reader better understand and foreshadow what was coming next, as well as the setting to reveal the symbolic meanings throughout the story. The story is about an operation that an American man and woman are trying to decide wether to precede or not. However, both the man and the woman have different point of views on how they should handle the situation. Even though Hemingway does not ever mention the word “abortion”, it is blatantly obvious what the operation really is. Hemingway walks the reader through it like they were there in person. For example, to start the story off he describes that on one side of the railroad tracks “The hills across the valley of the Ebro were long and white. On this side there was no shade and no trees and the station was between two lines of rails in the sun”(Hemingway 122). This is a representation of death. Hemingway describes the other side of the railroad tracks as “ Across, on the other side, were fields of grain and trees along the bank of the Ebro. Far across the field of grain and she saw the river through the trees”(Hemingway 125). This is a
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