Hills Like White Elephants

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Hills Like White Elephants In this essay, I will be talking about a story called Hills Like White Elephants written by Ernest Hemingway. This story is about an unmarried couple that is about to make a decision that can affect their future lives. The main characters in the story are an American man and a girl, whose name is Jig. The whole story is mostly a dialogue between the couple. In their dialogue, conflict is created as the characters face the obstacle of an unexpected pregnancy. This is assumed trough symbolism and the title’s meaning. The term white elephant stood as an unwanted gift. The birth of a child, when unexpected could then be seen as a white elephant. The story starts with the couple waiting at a Spanish railway station for the express train that will take them to Madrid. The man wants the girl to have an abortion while the girl is not sure. The man usually makes all decisions in their relationship. The man puts the girl in a position where she has to decide, if she wants to have the abortion, or if she doesn’t.…show more content…
He also says that without the baby, they can continue to travel; they can “have everything” (148). However, the girl contradicts him and, at that moment, seems suddenly in more control of the situation. She is thinking that their relationship is not going to be the same even if she does the abortion because they have learnt about each other by going through this conflict. From the man’s point of view, the hills don’t look like white elephants. The girl, however, is connecting the white elephant with the baby. In other words, she has moved into her own world of intuition, in which she knows that the things that she desires will never be fulfilled. But, she also thinks maybe she likes the white elephant and she tries to convince the American man indirectly to have the baby, but the man does not want the responsibility that a child would entail. She realizes that she is not
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