Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway: Analysis

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Ernest Hemingway uses symbols found in dialogue and setting to reveal that making decisions requires a great deal of thought, and can sometimes not be mutual between couples. The theme for this story I feel is communication. Clearly they are arguing about something that is of somewhat great importance to Jig.  In a sense they aren’t Seeing Eye to eye for some reason, and instead of talking it out, he clearly wants her to just be happy.   I think that the symbolism for this story is the mountains.  I believe that in the beginning of the story, that they are comparing something to the mountains, and I feel that he is just trying to get her mind off of something and so he makes a statement about the mountains.  In the text it says that mountains are a symbol for Holy place (inspiration), safety, and strength. (Clugston, 2010) I’m not sure where the holy place comes into play, but I can see where the safety comes in, he wants her to be happy and safe and with going along with what she is saying then, he is referring to the mountains as a safety net perhaps. The plot of this short story takes place in a train station between Barcelona and Madrid. While waiting at the train station for the next train they decide to sit and have a beer and try some new drinks out. While waiting they start talking about their life together. He compares her to a mountain and she isn’t really impressed, but rather upset about the comparison. The point of view for this short story is in third person omniscient. The narrator is basically a fly on the wall and basically overhearing what the couple is talking about. The narrator is giving her point of view of what is going on with the couple and what the narrator is seeing. The tone for this story I believe is that the narrator is very controlled and gives us very little information outside the conversation between the man and woman. The narrator gives us the tone that there is some friction between the couple but they aren’t showing it...
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