Symbolism In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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In Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" he uses symbolism to develop a theme of choosing to live selfishly, or choosing a more difficult and selfless path. The hills symbolize two different decisions that the young girl in the story is faced with. Both hills are opposite of each other and each hill represents a decision or consequence that the young girl and the American man must come into terms with. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” depicts choosing to be selfish or choosing a more difficult and selfless path. Gatsby, Daisy and Tom desire for things they can’t have or even close to having, but they force themselves to get what they want just to please themselves. Hemingway uses drinking, the hillsides, and…show more content…
“It’s not really an operation at all. (Kelly, 205). In the story the man continues to pressure the young girl into having the operation making it clear that he is not on the same page to have this baby as the young girl “That’s the only thing that bothers us. It’s the only thing that’s made us unhappy” (Kelly, 205) referring to his unhappiness because the young girl is not unhappy about being pregnant instead, she believes in a possibility of bringing change to their boring ways. The American makes it difficult for the young girl to make a decision attacking her every second about how “simple” the operation is and trying to make her believe things will go back to normal if she has the operation “And you think then we’ll be all right and be happy.” The young girl says. “I know we will. You don’t have to be afraid. I’ve known lots of people who have done it.” (Kelly, 205). Towards the end of the story, the young girl decides to end the conservation and seems to have made her own decision about keeping the baby. Although we don’t know this for sure, Hemingway writes “And we could have all this,” she said. “And we could have everything and every day we make it more impossible.” (206). At the

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