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Hills Like White Elephants Essay

1152 words - 5 pages

Hills Like White Elephants

Amber Colson

ENG125: Introduction to Literature

Aarika Chilson

December 9, 2013
Hills Like White Elephants

After reading the short story, Hills Like White Elephants, what was determined to be the theme and the literary elements of the story? In this essay I will explore my thoughts on that. This is what is believed to be how the author portrayed the story after I read it. Other readers may come to a different opinion. How did the elements affect the narrative theme? That will also be explored.
Hills Like White Elephants is a short story that was written by Ernest Hemingway in 1927. It depicts an American man and his girlfriend, Jig, sitting ...view middle of the document...

With all of their talking about the abortion and how they never do anything together, it shapes what the theme is about. The theme of this short story is decision making. They sit there at the train station and can not go until they make a decision about the abortion. They try to avoid the conversation as much as they can, but they eventually have to talk about it. They are brought into that conversation when Jig mentions the hills looking like white elephants. There is nothing beautiful about the decision she has to come to. Being pregnant is suppose to be a beautiful thing and the end result it a great blessing. With what the American man wants Jig to do she can not have that beauty or that blessing. The American man is making her feel like the only decision she has is to have the abortion. The setting at the train station is like her decision she has to make. On one side of the train station there is the Ebro River that flows through fields of grain and trees. This represents the girls womb if she decides to not go through with the abortion. Then there is the other side of the train station. That side is dry and has no trees or fields of grain. This would represent the girls womb if she decides to go ahead with the abortion. She is not able to express how much she wants the baby and wants to have a happy family that is beautiful like the hills are suppose to be like.
Another important decision that is weighing on the couple in the story is if they are going to stay together after the abortion happens. The American man assures Jig that having the abortion will bring them back to where they where before she became pregnant. She knows that their relationship is changed. Even for the usual for them, only go out to try new drinks relationship. Towards the end of the story, the American man takes Jig's bags to the other side of the train station. He then has a drink inside the bar and she has a drink outside at the table they were sitting at. To me, this means that after the abortion their relationship will end. There is nothing there that will help hold it together. He gets what he wants in the end, the abortion to happen. She pleases the American man by getting...

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