Symbolism of Luggage in Hills Like White Elephants

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Hills Like White Elephants
In the story Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway, the author uses the luggage to symbolize the hard decision that the American and Jig face in regards to having the abortion. The couple faces a very difficult decision about this baby because they are not willing to give up their immature life style. The luggage symbolizes that Jig and the American are still very ambitious to travel around the world and if they were to keep the baby, their ambition would come to an end because the baby will come in the way. The story lets us know that they have been to many places, “There were labels on them from all the hotels they had spent nights.” This signifies that they have been to a lot of places in the world where they have built memories. Therefore, the couple feels they cannot continue to make more memories if they were to keep this baby. The baby seems to be a huge obstacle in their immature life because they do not want to take on this responsibility. In this story by Ernest Hemingway the couple feels that going with the abortion is their best choice. “He picked up the two heavy bags and carried them around the station to the other tracks”. This lets us know that they are going on with the abortion and moving on with life. Having this procedure done will be the only way they can continue to be free and move on with their journey without any responsibilities.
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