Hills Like White Elephants

Hills Like White Elephants

Amber Colson

ENG125: Introduction to Literature

Aarika Chilson

December 9, 2013
Hills Like White Elephants

  After reading the short story, Hills Like White Elephants, what was determined to be the theme and the literary elements of the story? In this essay I will explore my thoughts on that. This is what is believed to be how the author portrayed the story after I read it. Other readers may come to a different opinion. How did the elements affect the narrative theme? That will also be explored.
  Hills Like White Elephants is a short story that was written by Ernest Hemingway in 1927. It depicts an American man and his girlfriend, Jig, sitting outside a bar train station talking. Both of them never really come out and say what it is exactly they are talking about. Through the readings it can be determined that they were talking about abortion. They were trying to avoid the conversation as much as they could by ordering large beers in the beginning and then ordering another drink. Then the conversation took off when Jig started talking about the hills looking like white elephants. Despite the American trying to sound sincere, the way he ignores his girlfriends true feelings shows that he just wanted to say whatever he could to convince his girlfriend to go through with the abortion. He wants to make sure she will go through with it by talking non-stop, which annoys Jig. She agrees to have the abortion just to get him to stop talking. That is not the only thin g they are talking about. Jig also mentions that they do nothing together except try new drinks. Which seems like new ways to avoid each other. She has a hard time expressing her true feelings about the situation to her boyfriend. She is dependent on him. It shows when she can not speak Spanish to talk to the bartender to order a drink. She needs her boyfriend to help communicate.
  With all of their talking about the abortion and how they never do anything...