`` Hills Like White Elephants `` By Ernest Hemingway Essay

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“Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway tells a short story about an American man and a girl waiting for a train to arrive in Spain. While they wait, they sit down and have a few drinks. The man persists to talk about a problem they both need to figure out a solution to, but the woman is desperate to avoid committing to a resolution. The operation discussed in this story is an operation. A baby is the only thing that could possibly cause them distress and change their lives and relationship. The theme consists of an incessant miscommunication between the two. The author uses irony, point of view, and symbolism heavily in this story to accentuate this detail and hint at what the man so badly wants to get rid of and what decisions the woman is conflicted over. Irony is apparent throughout the entire story when it comes to the couple’s relationship. The American insists that their situation and putting off the operation, which is an abortion, is “… the only thing that’s made us unhappy.” (Hemingway, 592) when in reality, they have more problems they should concern themselves with in their relationship than just an unwanted, conceived baby. The baby may be the only thing figuratively holding their relationship in tact considering the two don’t have much in common except for the fact they go out and drink together. They often “look at things and try new drinks” (592) together to dodge any difficult or conflicting discussions and refrain from anything other than small…

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