Hills Like White Elephants

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18 September 2012
Essay A- Short Story analysis

LIFE CHANGING DECISIONS in Hills Like White Elephants
Everyday people are torn to make decisions that affect their future lives. Whether faced with a life threatening decision or an easily answered question, people must chose to make the most correct judgment on that particular situation. There are no right or wrong decisions but those that people choose and believe to be right contrary to each individual. In Hemingway's story, Hills Like White Elephants, Jig attempts to make a crucial change in her life by making the right decision, but is unable to because of her weak imperfections. Jig is unable to make up her mind about her decision. Though the word “abortion” is nowhere in the story, it is doubtlessly understood through Hemingway’s powerful use of two literary elements: setting and symbolism.

From the first paragraph the setting immediately introduces the tense atmosphere that will surround the rest of the story. The hills across the valley of the Ebro were long and white. On this side there was no shade and no trees and the station was between two railroad tracks that were exclusively next to eachother. The American and the girl with him sat at a table in the shade, outside the building. It was hot and the rush hour from Barcelona would come in forty minutes. It stopped at this junction for two minutes and went to Madrid. The two are promptly having drinks discussing "doing it". The couple is in the middle of making a drastic decision where there are only two choices, two directions, just like the two trains that pass by the station. The openness and loneliness around the railroad station mean that there is no way to back out of the problem at hand and that the man and the girl must concentrate on it now. The heat turns the commotion into a pot of boiling water, boiling and rumbling under pressure. The main idea of this paragraph is the symbolism behind the girl saying that the hills "look like...
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