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In Ernest Hemingways story Hills Like White Elephants an American couple is sitting at a table in a train station in Spain They are discussing beer travel and whether or not to have an abortion The train station and its surroundings are symbolic in this story The station itself represents the choice on whether or not to have the abortion There is a set of tracks on either side of the station each representing one of the choices On one side of the station the tracks run through a lush green landscape full of grainfields and trees A wide river runs lazily in the foreground of some tall mountains It is almost like a paradise This side of the station symbolizes the choice of going through with the abortion As it is now they travel all around the world drinking and staying in hotels and seeing all the beautiful places in the world They have no responsibilities or schedules in their life With an abortion they could continue their party- and fun-filled although meaningless existence The other side of the station is dry and barren of plantlife The ground looks as if there has been no rain for quite some time There are hills in the distance that have a whitish color as the sun radiates on them The woman said They look like white elephants343 White elephants are known to symbolize unexpected gifts which is certainly what the baby would be should they choose not to have the abortion The barrenness of the land refers the tame life--settling down and having the responsibilities of parenthood--that they would have to start living when the baby came a life that would be duller but would have a purpose The bead curtain represents the fact that once they choose a side to have the baby or not they cannot change their minds and then switch sides Once the decision has been made it will affect their lives
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