Symbolism In Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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Despite the outward appearance of the couple, the older man and young girl in Hemingway's “Hills Like White Elephants” are anything but compatible which is displayed by the symbolic setting. The train tracks suggest incompatibility. They are parallel, but run in opposite directions. This foreshadows the couple's opposition. The young girl has childlike hope for their relationship. She imagines the hills looking like white elephants. Hemingway uses the imagery of the hills to display a pregnant woman's belly. When the man looks at the hills he sees exactly what is there and nothing more. The girl is ready to settle down and have a family, but the man wants a bachelor life. Later, the man picks up two heavy bags, the bags represent the girl and
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