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The Hills of Impotence Setting is important to every story but the setting used by Hemmingway in Hills like White Elephants adds so much to the meaning of the story providing an interesting read His use of the setting to convey the idea of fertility and barrenness helps to generate an understanding of what the story is about even though he never comes right out and says Its about abortion The language used at the beginning of the story is simple and straightforward telling the reader that the place is the Valley of Ebro which is in Spain The reader is also aware that the couple is at a train station The hills referred to in the title can be seen in the distance and resemble the swell of a womb and white elephants representing an idiom of something useless and unwanted which in this case is the fetus growing inside the girl The impression presented is that the characters are at a train station in the middle of a dry barren place under the sun with no shade or trees reinforcing the idea of the lack of life The character are themselves in the warm shadow of the building separated from the world by a curtain yet still in nature where life is Use of the train station as the location where the story takes place is significant because of the confusing conversation that dominates the bulk of the story The conversation between the man and woman is much like the train tracks running parallel yet never meeting The man and woman are talking but neither is hearing what is being Arellano 2 said The train station also represents the importance of time to the situation The train they are waiting to catch will only be stopping for a couple of minutes suggesting that it is an express train representing the short amount of time that the girl has to change her
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