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The most striking feature of the short story Hills Like White Elephants is the manner in which it is told It is not typical in the classical sense with an introduction a development of the story and an end Instead we get some time in the life of two people as if it were just a piece of a film where we have a lot to deduce This tale does not get everything done for the reader we only see the surface of what is going on It leaves an open end because readers can have their own ending and take part in the action when reading The story told here is that of a woman and a man on their trip to a place where she can have an abortion Everything in the tale is related to the idea of fertility and barrenness This main topic can be seen from the title Hills Like White Elephants where Hills refer to the shape of the belly of a pregnant woman White Elephants is an idiom that refers to useless or unwanted things meaning the fetus they plan on disposing of Hemingway produces an effect of sympathy for the girl through the setting that symbolizes their decision process The time passing symbolizes the pressure the two people are under and through their poor communication indicates that this relationship does not and will not work The first impression the reader gets when reading the text is that the story is set in the middle of a dry barren place under the sun with no shade or trees This reinforces the idea of lack of life but in contrast they are in the warm shadow of the building where life is This emphasizes the contrast between the pregnancy of the woman as being fertile and everything around them including him in this idea of fertility as he is also apart from the barrenness and sharing the shadow The
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