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Final Draft Hemingway Essay A good writers objective is to say as much as possible as briefly as possible This enables the thinking about the implications of the words presented Ernest Hemingway explained this idea in his iceberg theory of writing fiction in an interview for Paris Review If it is any use to know it I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg There are seven-eighths of it under water for every part that shows In order to expand on the meaning of his plots and characters Hemingway used symbols and extended meanings to supply the unstated and submerged portion of his stories The story Hills Like White Elephants is an excellent example of Hemingways iceberg principal with its extensive use of literary symbols In Hemingways iceberg theory of writing Hemingway wants readers to read in-between lines and derive the true meaning of the story To do this you must interpret the symbolism Hemingway uses The story Hills Like White Elephants is about a man and a woman who are at a train station in Madrid Spain The woman is pregnant and the man and the woman are discussing whether the woman should have an abortion operation They have only forty minutes the time they have to wait for their train to arrive to make their decision At the end of the story the woman is still not certain if she should have the abortion operation In Hills Like White Elephants there are many examples of the iceberg theory One strong example was when the woman referring to the hills says They look like white elephants The woman later says in response to the mans request of trying to have a fine time All right I was trying I said the mountains looked like white elephants Wasnt that bright The white elephants in these two statements symbolize the womans mythical dreams The white elephants were just a figment
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