Hills Like White Elephants

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Introduction to Literature Hills like White Elephants Ernest Hemingway's “Hills Like White Elephants” is a short story full of symbols with a theme of choices. He tells the short story in a third-person point of view that limits the narration to what the characters say and do; he does not reveal their thoughts. Hemingway uses the strengths of the characters in this story by giving more in depth description of the woman Jig, but less descriptive attention to her companion, who doesn't even have a name, just the American Man. I will explain the third-person view, character's, and symbolism's in Hills Like White Elephants. Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants is a short story revolving around a conversation between an American man, and a woman named Jig. It is apparent that there is tension between the two, as the conversation in the start is short and impersonal. They comment briefly on the hills they are facing, and then the conversation turns towards what is causing the tension between the two. Jig is pregnant, and the America man tries to convince the woman to have an abortion, but only if she wants to. She wonders if this will solve their problems and get the relationship back on track, where he argues that it is on track; but he is just worried about the pregnancy. Jig is telling the man that she is willing do it, but only because she doesn't care about herself. She is expressing that she is in despair over the issue, and feels like she will lose everything. He keeps telling her that he doesn't want her to do it if she doesn't want to, but at the same time she knows that he prefers that she have an abortion. At the end of the story there is no there is no clear answer on what will happen when they leave the train station, but it is apparent that Jig wants to keep the child, and is worried about the relationship changing

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