Hills Like White Elephants Literary Analysis

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Draft In “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway presents a story of a girl names Jig having to make a decision at a train station before the train she is waiting for comes. She is accompanied with an American man who pressures her to hurry and make her decision to get on the train when the train arrives. The theme of the story is not about making decision on time but a women’s limited time to choose whether she wants to abort her unborn child. Throughout the story there is evidence indicating this theme of abortion through symbolism and imagery of the white hills that appeared to look like white elephants to Jig’s eyes. In the story Hemingway never bluntly say that this story is about abortion through his characters but through the uncomfortable conversation Jig and the American man have while they’re waiting at the train station and the term “Let the air in” (p. 116). In ancient Indian culture white elephants are considered to be a burden gift when to villages would at peace. A white elephant can be presented as a kind gift because of their beautiful albino white color but at the same time a burden when it comes to taking care of them because of their big size and needed care. The girl Jig looked across the line of hills. To her they “were white in…show more content…
“If you don’t want to do it you don’t have to. I wouldn’t have you do it if didn’t want to. But I know it’s perfectly simple.” (p. 116) But this leaves her without a choice but having to go through with the abortion because if not then she’s is stupid because it’s so simple. The American man keeps distracting Jig by pouring her drinks to drink and repeatedly saying “she loves her” and doesn’t want anybody big or small to in between his lover for her. (p.117) He clearly doesn’t want her keep the baby and hastily as time runs out persuading her to give up the baby so they could “have everything”.
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