Analysis of Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants
An exploration of the many layers of symbolism in the story, and a study of the fascinating psychological underplay afoot between his two characters.
“The symbolism of a white elephant is widely known as something very large or apparent that no one wishes to acknowledge or speak of in American society. It is an interesting opening to a very strained conversation concerning an apparent pregnancy, and the man’s wish to terminate it. The couple’s careful avoidance of actually naming the problem, or the proposed solution, suggests the situation in which a mate, reluctant to assume responsibility, or unprepared for the task of parenthood, is lobbying to prevent it. ”