The white elephant is the symbol that Hemingway used to refer to baby whom the girl bears. The white elephants were regarded as holy and spiritual animal in south eastern Asia, and possession of it implied the power and wealth. Therefore, people used to adore or even worshipped the white elephant but to some people who put more values in practical things, they were only worthless animals. Sarah Amato, graduate from university of Toronto states: white elephants were objects of curiosity and mystery, a view perpetuated by nineteenth-century adventurers who described the religious signiﬁcance of these beasts in memoirs recounting voyages to Siam and Burma. For European observers the way these animals were treated indicated widespread decadence and ignorance in these territories. At the same time, the worship of whiteness, particularly when it manifested a...
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...ready expected by the girl became an obstacle for her to be mature and her endeavors to persuade the man was not effective enough. Because of her passive characteristic, she could not say what she wants outright. So when it comes to the decision, she decided to give up what she wants and convince herself that she is fine with the decision.
Hemingway, Ernest. “Hills Like White Elephants”. (1927). The Norton Introduction To Literature, Portable 10th ed. Alison Booth and Kelly J. Mays. New York: Norton, 2010. 113-117
Amato, Sarah. “The White Elephant In London: An Episode of Trickery, Racism, and Advertising”. (2009). Journal of Social History, Vol.43, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 36-66
Maestripieri, Dario. “Are You Dominant Or Subordinate in Your Romantic Relationship?” (2012). Games Primates Play, Psychology Today. n.pag. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.
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