What are some sentences that indicate that abortion is the theme in "Hills Like White Elephants"?
You do have to read this story pretty carefully to pick up the central theme of abortion and how it is presented. Hemmingway seems to focus on this theme and how terrible it is by actually only including very oblique references to it, so we have to read between the lines to identify what is being talked about. Have you every had a conversation with somebody when the most important thing you need to discuss, is actually never referred to or only referred to in passing? In a sense, this only serves to emphasise the importance of the topic, as the silence and avoidance only highlights its power and strength. Hemmingway uses this strategy in this short story.
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