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One of the chief literary devices Hemingway uses in "Hills like White Elephants" is dialogue. The story consists almost entirely of a dialogue between a man and woman waiting for a train. We never get inside the minds of the two characters, so we have to piece together what they are feeling from what they say to each other and, more importantly, from how each one reacts to what the other says. For example, when Jig says

Everything tastes of licorice. Especially all the things you've waited so long for, like absinthe.

The reader doesn't know that she is speaking sarcastically until the man responds:

Oh, cut it out.

The dialogue communicates the tension and anger the couple is experiencing.

Another literary device Hemingway employs is repetition . The characters are...

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