Analysis Of `` Hills Like White Elephants `` By Ernest Hemingway

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Communicating well can become very difficult, especially when faced with a tough decision. This short story is a dialogue between a couple from the third person objective point of view. Throughout the story the two protagonists argue back and forth while drinking beer. In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway the theme is how difficult choices can cause negative communication in relationships, which Hemmingway develops through symbolism, tone, and irony.
Hemmingway revealed the most significant symbolism in the short story through the setting and environment. Early in the story the narrator notes, “The girl was looking off at the line of hills. They were white in the sun and the country was brown and dry.” Then the girl verbalizes the most significant symbolism in this short story and says, “They look like white elephants” (275). This is a symbol of their current relationship, the way they have been living their lives, and the difficult choice they have to make. A white elephant can be described as an impractical or bothersome possession that is expensive to take care of or challenging to dispose of. The white elephant in their lives symbolizes traveling, which they both cherish, but only has surface value. The girl and the American in the story do not directly inform the audience about the decision they are trying to make, but the story goes on about how they converse the uninformed topic, and the choices they do and do not explore. Through the…

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