Symbolism in Hemingway’s Story ‘Hills like White Elephants’
‘Hills Like White Elephants’ is a short story authored by Ernest Hemingway about an American and a girl named Jig. In the story, the two are sitting in a train station waiting for the train to Madrid. While they wait, they have an intense ongoing debate on whether or not to abort Jig. At the end of the story, the train is about to arrive and the man carries luggage on the tracks as they prepare to leave. The end of the story does not clearly define the outcome of its decision. She said I feel good at the end of the story - happiness is a central theme of the story, but we wonder if she went through with the operation. The paper discusses the manner in which symbolism has been employed in the story to communicate about an abortion, the couple is considering to go through.
Mainly from the dialogue between America and Jig, it seems that the two are an unmarried couple. Their discussion suggests that they are facing some kind of problem. With further analysis, we can begin to discern that the couple was actually talking about having an abortion. It was not explicitly stated, but with their words, "this is really not an operation at any" one can perceive that they were in fact talking about having an abortion.
Among the many symbols of history, the top three are the hills, white elephants, and the railway station. Hemingway uses these elements to develop the theme of the story. The theme is how Jig sees the opportunity to keep her child and have a happy life, while the man is unable to see the possibilities and work to persuade her to go through with the abortion.
In the story, Jig watched the hills and said: They look like white elephants. The man replied: ‘I have never seen one’. Then she replied: ‘No, you would not’. The hills symbolize major obstacles that we must climb, but they are not huge mountains. This represents the fact that the baby girl is a major obstacle in his life, but this is not the end of her life and she will make it through. Hills are also views to look out from, but also block the view for those who live in the valley. This is how the jigsaw story focuses on the hills and sees an opportunity, but at the same time, the man leans over the hills and sees nothing - his vision of a positive and happy future is blocked by an obstacle (child).
The hills are beautiful, natural and totally stationery. In other words, they were always in the same place, and they will always be that way - it's just the way it is. This shows how to install would be a need with a baby. It also shows that pregnancy is not a small thing. Regardless of the decision of the girl, this is not something that the girl will never forget. Hemingway may have chosen to use hills as a pregnant belly mother is a bit of a hill itself. At some point in history, Jig looking at the landscape and said, ‘And we could have it all’. She said this because on a deeper level, hills are challenging, new...