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Ernest Hemingways opening paragraph in Hills Like White Elephants immediately pojects his readers into a landscape that is barren and uncomfortable It is a scene so simple yet so the vivid that the reader physically senses the burning of the sun and the stillness of the day interrupted only by the pesky flies and the woman from the bar It is a scene symbolic of the lives the future and the relentless indecision that confronts the American and the girl Jig The story takes place in Spain at an apparently small railway station above the valley of the Ebro River somewhere between Barcelona and Madrid The time is probably the early or mid-1920s when the post-war lost generation was in exile It is fitting that Hemingway should choose as a setting for his story a junction--that place where lines roads and railways come together or cross The American and the girl are at a junction of their own a point at which they must decide which route to take And herein lies the conflict Abortion is the issue A decision rests somewhere between their two trains of thought just as the station was between two lines of rails in the sun The American wants to leave this station this stopover in their voyage and continue their nomadic wanderings without an extra passenger He vehemently declares I dont want anybody but you I dont want anyone else He knows at first what he wants Jig to do and gently attempts to persuade her Ill go with you and Ill stay with you all the time They just let the air in and then its all perfectly nature The girl however is plagued with uncertainty as relentless as the scorching sun There is no shade and no tress no relief from the intense pressure of their unplanned circumstance They hang a curtain of their own to keep out flies those pesky persistent doubts that keep
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