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In the story gHills Like White Elephantsh Ernest Hemingway provides significant roles in setting to communicate his theme of fertility and abortion In his very short story he does not directly tell readers that the couple is waiting for a train to have an abortion but describes the detail of landscape and environment in which the event takes place His use of setting and description of it help us understand what the story is about The description of the hills represents fertility The story begins with the narration of the scenery that is seen from the place the characters are at Looking at the line of the white hills in the sun the girl illustrates it as gwhite elephantsh 324 The rise of hills resembles the swell of a womb and a white elephant which is an idiom of a useless or unwanted thing represents the unwanted baby growing inside the girl By likening the character to the scenery white elephants Hemingway conveys the girlfs pregnancy Hemingway meaningfully explains the location of the train station to hint us his theme He describes gthere was no shade and no trees and the station was between two lines of railh 324 This expression indicates the characterfs current condition that the girl is stuck between two sides and she is about to be barren The couple is in g the warm shadow of buildingh 324 separated by g a curtain made of strings of bamboo beadsh 324 The bamboo curtain separates the couple and their problem from all other people around in other words they are in a dark place segregated from the world It sounds lifeless still they feel the warmth of nature from bamboos and sun This expression symbolizes the warmth of another life that is about to be ceased Thus Hemingwayfs such descriptions suggest lacking life The use of a train station supports the couplefs serious situation contributing the authorfs idea The man and the
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