11 April 2015
In “Hill Like White Elephants”, Ernest Hemingway utilizes setting and symbolism. He in cooperates these elements to expose the true issues the main characters are having. In “Hills Like White Elephants”, there is a girl named “Jig” and a guy that goes by “The American”. The two are sitting at a train station near Madrid, having a brief conversation on whether or not to have an abortion while having a few drinks. Feeling overwhelmed, Jig has a few more drinks as she sits and gazes into the valley as she imagines that the hills look like white elephants. Using the setting and symbolism, Hemingway utilizes the elements to show the two lack communication skills and are having a hard time dealing with responsibility; a problem seem in most youth relationships today.
Hemingway uses the setting to explain some of the emotions that the main characters may be felling at this point. Hemingway starts the story out with the narrator giving the setting. The main characters, Jig and The American, were at a train station. The narrator state that “The American and the girl with him sat at a table outside of the building. It was very hot and the express from Barcelona would come in forty minutes. It stopped at this junction for two minutes and went on to Madrid” (309). Clearly the two are at a train station between Barcelona, Spain and Madrid, Spain. Also it was very hot. The narrator never stated how long the two had been waiting, leaving room for frustration and irritation. This setting, the train station, very well could represent that The American and the girl are at a crossroad in their lives and now are faced with making a difficult decision due to making an irresponsible choice. Equally, another way to look at where The American and Jig are now in their lives, is looking at train station symbolically as a state of transition, which will be discussed in the next paragraph. Unable to speak nor read...