Hills Like White Elephants

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Hills Like White Elephants “Hills Like White Elephants” is a story that portrayed many symbols. White Elephants have always been gifts that are unwanted. Hemingway in this selection uses these white elephants to describe abortion through one couples eyes. He uses different items and views that happen around this couple to symbolically describe abortion. People who have white elephant parties, wrap gifts that they do not want in their house anymore and give them away …

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…as an “only thing” and Jig refers to the child as “everything.” Jig’s “smile” shows that she understands that hills can be like white elephants and lovers too. Hemingway implied that “nothing,” aborted from Jig’s world, in this story, is the white elephant. Hemingway portrays that to Jig the unborn child within her is as the “lovely hills.” These hills are not wanted around but yet they are precious in Jig’s eyes.