The way that Hemingway portrayed the people was one way of him using symbols as a way to draw a person in to the theme of the story. Like how he refers to the waitress that gave them their drinks as a woman but the woman that has come with the American as a girl says that she may be young and perhaps a bit immature. This is not the only way he does this he also uses other small hints like how she does not know what “Anis del Toro” tastes like or how to drink it this along with the way she refers to it tasting like a candy
[licorice] is to say that she may be inexperienced to the adult world. I think the way that she referred to the hills as being like white elephants could be in a way as if she still sees the world throw a childlike sense. He has many other similarities in this work referring to the cross roads parody as well, like the way the girl dose looks at the hills as if they are white elephants. Also the way the girl refers to everything that people wait for tastes like licorice that is to say that it is bitter sweet. You wait and wait so long for something that when you finally get it, it does not madder how good it tastes you will never get the time you spent waiting back (Weeks Jr, 2002).
The whole stories point of view is in the third person for the most part the narrator refers to everyone as he, she, the waitress, the girl, and the American. While it may be in second person point of view in some scents like how the girl talks to herself and others (Journey in to Literature 7.3).
Journey in to Literature chapter 7
P. Rankin, 2005
L.E. Weeks Jr, 2002