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Anzalotta 1Lauren AnzalottaProfessor Judith BatemanENGL – 1302November 16, 2021OutlineThesis: In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, the authorexamines the man and woman's deeply flawed relationship by referencing white elephants whichsymbolizes something no one wants.I.Body Paragraph #1: Hemingway’s use of symbolism presents the reader withsituations we face every day.II.Body Paragraph #2: The American and Jig are torn between keeping the baby ornot. The American pressures her into terminating the pregnancy.III.Body Paragraph #3: The scenery is used to describe the two paths that are aheadof them which could be a long and happy life or a poor and depressed life.
Anzalotta 2Hemingway's use of symbolism in "Hills Like White Elephants" presents the reader withcircumstances that individuals in society may experience on a daily basis. This short storycontains many symbols, some of which are more complex than others. “Although subject,setting, point of view, dialog and many other elements make this story one of Hemingway’s mostbrilliant short stories, the symbolism implicit in the title and developed in the story contributesmore than any other single quality to the powerful impact.” (Weeks 1) Knowing the manysymbols can eventually lead to the uncovering of the story's theme. In this story, Hemingwaynever provides a straightforward answer, pushing the reader to make wild guesses. Hemingwayuses symbols to help readers comprehend the broader idea of the story because it challengesthem to read between the lines and think more creatively. Many of the symbols utilized byHemingway are highlighted through repetition, which makes them very meaningful.The story's primary symbol is quite clear; it's right there in the title. These so-called"white elephants" are mentioned several times throughout the story. Although Jig's mention ofwhite elephants may appear to be only a passing notion, it actually represents somethingsignificant in the plot. White elephants are viewed as an undesired item or an uncomfortablesubject in various cultures. These white elephants, according to Hemingway, are related to theuncomfortable debate regarding Jig's abortion. Readers may not understand what these twocharacters are talking about at first, but we learn later in the story that the unborn child is knownas the elephant on the table. We can read Jig's initial views on abortion in the first twenty lines."They look like white elephants," (Hemingway 76) Jig says as they sit at the train station, gazingout the window at the line of hills. The tension between the American (the male character) andher is readily evident once she says that, as demonstrated by his astute response, "I've never seenone." (Hemingway 76) The suspense builds as the debate progresses, and the reader learns that
Anzalotta 3the baby is the elephant in the room. Later in the story, readers will notice that Jig is completelyreliant on the American for all of his needs. As a result, she believes she is bound to have the

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