Hills Like White Elephants

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Hills Like White Elephants Abortion Essay Hills Like White Elepants was written by Ernest Hemingway. This short story protrays a man and a woman in a train station waiting for their train that is heading to a place where they can have an abortion preformed. The topic of abortion is shown in the title Hills Like White Elephants. Hills meaning the belly of the pregnant woman and the white elephants are some kind of unwanted things. The unwanted item is the baby and they are on their way to getting rid of it.

The story takes place with the man and the woman waiting for the train to take them on their way to Madrid. The train sybolizes change. Weather it is forward or backwards but it is change. The train is going to take them to a place that will change their lives forever. After the opening paragraph their conversations begins.

During this conversation the woman seems angry or irritated with the man. The man added that all they do is sit around and try new drinks, this shows that they don't have much of an interesting conversation going and they don't know what to talk about.

Everytime the woman begins to talk about how nice and beautiful the hills are and how they look like white elephants the man always trys to change the subject. Which means either he's not interested or he just doesn't care about what she has to say. The man says "It's really an awfully simple operation Jig . . . it's not really an operation at all." The girl looked at the ground the table legs rested on. From these actions it shows that Jig does not want to discuss the operation right now.

Throughout somemore of the conversation the man...

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