Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” lays out a verbal battle

Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” lays out a verbal battle, a contest of wills, and a poignant place in time and space, internal and external to the main characters. The reader is asked to extrapolate much of the information in the story from indirect means, the use of symbolism and imagery, the words the characters share and don’t share. The natural landscape contains the entire tale, offering the vivid and natural images that contain the greatest amount of interpretive insight to the story. Beginning with the title “Hills like White Elephants” and through subsequent description of the terrain surrounding the couple the reader can sense the internal struggle between the two over the issue of whether Jig will agree to have an abortion.