Tension In Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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In Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants," tension is created in the story through the juxtaposition of the conversation and the schedule of the oncoming train.Hemingway uses many examples of theme and setting to display the conversation through two characters. The setting and the environment around them is symbolic for Jig to make a decision. The American and Jig mainly discuss the thought to either have an abortion or to not have an abortion. One form of symbolism is when Jig says, "They look like white elephants" (1). White emphasizes that something is pure. The white elephant…show more content…
It’s the only thing that’s made us unhappy” (2). He is saying the operation will make things go to how things were before ,while Jig still believes that maybe it won’t change anything. The train symbolizes the time she has left to make a decision. The waitress says, “ The train comes in five minutes. What did she say ”(3) ? The train will soon be arriving and Jig knows she has to decide the outcome she will take. This shows the growth in her character. She ponders over the thought and by the end she finally has an answer. There is never a true defining moment where Jig agrees to not have the abortion, there is only factors that lead up to the defining moment of the train to arrive.In conclusion, Hemingway uses many themes and symbolisms to show the decision that has to be made. The two characters reveal the
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