Hills Like White Elephants By Ernest Hemingway Essay

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The short story “Hills Like White Elephants” is written by Ernest Hemingway. In the story there are two main characters. The first character is known as the American, and the second central character is identified as the girl. Neither the American nor the girl addresses the name of the American through the story. The American refers to the girl as Jig in the story, but critics’ speculate if that is her name or nickname. Another character in the story is the bartender. This is a female character that serves alcoholic beverages to the American and Jig and only speaks Spanish. The American is a male character that tries to encourage Jig to undertake an operation, while not being to direct on the matter. The operation debated through the story indicates the abortion of the child that Jig is carrying. An abortion is any various surgical methods for terminating the embryo or fetus. The environment symbolizes the baby and how the American and Jig feel about it. The setting is an important factor in “Hills Like White Elephants” as the surroundings portray imagery and metaphors for the conflict. The story starts with the American and Jig at a train station overlooking the Ebro River in Spain between Barcelona and Madrid. While the couple is waiting for the next train, they sit outside with a bamboo bead curtain between them and the bar. As the couple are outside the girl notices that, "The hills across the valley ... were long and white" and that "on this side there [were] ... no…

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