What is a good thesis statement for a critical analysis of symbolism in "Hills Like White Elephants"?
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How about this: "Hemingway's classic story "The Hills Like White Elephants" appears to be simply a realistic description, but is in fact highly symbolic"? That would allow you to make any argument you wanted about the nature of the symbolism.
If you wanted a more specific argument, how about this: "Symbols found in both dialogue and description in Hemingway's "The Hills Like White Elephants" convey the deepest meaning of the story"? That allows you to be highly specific.
Other options might be to focus on the symbols that represent the characters and their feelings/emotions/behaviors. This type of thesis is focused on the characters rather than meaning of the story.
" Ernest Hemmingway uses symbols found in dialogue and setting to reveal that making decisions requires a great deal of thought, and can sometimes not be mutual between couples. "
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