In "Hills Like White Elephants," the hills are symbolic of the relationship between the couple as well as the couple's unborn child.
When the woman comments that the hills near the station where they are waiting for a train look like white elephants, she is met with sarcasm and discontent from the man she is traveling with. He is distracted and short with her.
It becomes clear that he wants her to get an abortion. She comments on their life together, saying, "That's all we do, isn't it—look at things and try new drinks?" She is looking for something novel because her life feels as barren as the hills around them. The potential the baby represents is a way they might be able to change for the better.
The man she is with is unable to see anything past his own concerns. He responds to her asking if will be kinder and like what she says after the abortion, saying, "I'll love it. I love it now but I just can't think about it. You know how I get when I worry."
She, on the other hand, sees...
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