What Is The Effect Of Ernest Hemingway's Use Of The Minimalist Technique? Text: Ernest Hemingway "Hills Like White Elephants"

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Hemingway's use of the minimalist technique not only makes the story more interesting and more thought provoking, but it also lets the reader connect with the story. This style, the minimalist technique, is a way of only telling enough of a story to keep it moving along. This style leaves much to the reader's imagination and that is why reader's like it. The only problem with this style or technique is that some readers are unable to catch the hints and are left stranded without a proper understanding of the story.First, perhaps one of the largest points, is the use of a train station. The train station and its surroundings are symbolic in this story. The station itself represents the choice on whether or not to have the abortion. There is a set of tracks on either side of the station, each representing one of the choices.On one side of the station, the tracks run through a lush, green landscape full of grain fields and trees. A wide river runs lazily in the foreground of some tall mountains. It is almost like a paradise. This side of the station symbolizes the choice of going through with the abortion. As it is now they travel all around the world, drinking and staying in hotels, and seeing all the beautiful places in the world. They have no responsibilities or schedules in their life. With an abortion, they could continue their party- and fun-filled, although meaningless, existence.The other side of the station is dry and barren of plant life. The ground looks as if there has been no rain for...

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