On one side she could keep the child or on the other she could go through with the abortion. This overemphasis of the number two could inspire two different readings. Hemingway purposefully wrote this story so that emotion was implied but not overtly seen. For more details you can check here. The bags with all the hotel labels on them are symbolic of his vivacious spirit.
Ernest Hemingway frequently uses various literary elements in his writing to entice the reader and enhance each piece that he writes. At the time, editors tried to second-guess what the reading public wanted, and, first, they felt as though they had to buy stories that told stories, that had plots. The barrenness of the land refers the tame life— settling down and having the responsibilities of parenthood—that they would have to start living when the baby came; a life that would be duller but would have a purpose. It is a usual Tuesday this semester. When they're trying to get you to do something without looking as though they are? In the story, Hemingway refers to the Ebro River and to the bare, sterile-looking mountains on one side of the train station and to the fertile plains on the other side of the train station. Instead of coming straight out and talking about the problems the couple decides to drink beer.
Although the word abortion is never used in the story, the reader understands the concept through Hemingway's symbolism. The girl takes off her hat and puts it on the table. Even though these elephants were beautifully ornate and were given as great gifts, the upkeep is atrocious. Surrounded by the calming non-inspiration of bare off-white walls, I sit and listen to the railing of my peers as they attempt to deconstruct the brilliance of a deceased writer. This insight is best illustrated when she looks across the river and sees fields of fertile grain and the river — the fertility of the land, contrasted to the barren sterility of the hills like white elephants. In this story Jig decisions is whether to keep the baby or to have the abortion, knowing that is she picks the later she cannot take it back. The main description in the story is his symbolism, once again inferring that Hemingway leaves the stories plot to the reader.
The number two is also a recurring symbol throughout the story. They are discussing beer, travel, and whether or not to have an abortion. On one side of the station, the tracks run through a lush, green landscape full of grainfields and trees. From the first paragraph the setting immediately introduces the tense atmosphere that will surround the rest of the story. He tells her he loves her, for example, and that everything between them will go back to the way it used to be. Just like the elephant the baby is an unwanted gift, although precious, it would be too much trouble.
In Hills Like White Elephants, Hemingway uses symbols to teach the reader certain things that one may encounter during daily life. They are deciding whether or not to make an abortion, which is indirectly implied on the narrative. The white elephant is something that is both rare and sacred, as it is also essentially useless. Across, on the other side, were the fields of grain and trees along the banks of the Ebro. Also, an object, scheme, etc. Throughout this story, the readers will get to witness the couple pass through a few of these stages. These stories require more effort from the reader, but seem to turn out differently for ever reader making them a bit more interesting.
The act of consuming alcohol is another way for them to run away from their problems. The lonely rail station that serves as the backdrop for Hemingway's story represents an important decision to be made - much like a crossroads in other stories. He went out through the bead curtain. Also, the fact hills are large, could be refer. It centers around two waiters and an elderly man who patronizes the café late at night before closing time.
While waiting for their train to arrive and bring them to Madrid, their next destination, they continue an on-going discussion. The two main characters do not listen or take the time to understand each other. Ultimately, then, not only does the American have no idea what the girl is going through, but he also displays no concern in really hearing her explain it. They liked the fact that Hemingway doesn't even say whether or not the two characters are married. Throughout this dialogue, the girl's crumbling realization that she is not truly loved is a strong undercurrent that creates tension and suppressed fear.
Is it a person, object, or event? We'll begin at the most basic level: the title refers to the comparison Jig makes between the pale hills of the Spanish landscape and white elephants. The heat and the desert to me just represent the discomfort of the whole situation. The man, while urging the girl to have the operation, says again and again that he really doesn't want her to do it if she really doesn't want to. In contrast, we have no idea how to react to Hemingway's characters. She was sitting at the table and smiled at him.
She alternates between wanting to talk about the operation and wanting to avoid the topic altogether. The fact of being pregnant ties down the mother, making her stationary, like the hills. The couple then orders two Anis del Toro. With or without the abortion, things will never be the same. Even though in this time period a pregnant woman drinking was acceptable, it was suggested that the woman drink very little alcohol. The man wants to have the abortion so they can continue to have the luxuries they enjoy now. A symbol is a person, object, or event that suggests more than its literal meaning Meyer 220.