Retrieved September 14, The importance of the clean, well-lighted place where one can sit is integral to maintaining dignity and formality amidst loneliness, despair and desperation. What she will ultimately do is beyond the scope of the story. At the time, editors tried to second-guess what the reading public wanted, and, first, they felt as though they had to buy stories that told stories, that had plots.
Though the immediate problem is the unwanted pregnancy, the experience has revealed that the relationship is a shallow one. During the very short exchanges between the man and the girl, she changes from someone who is almost completely dependent upon the man to someone who is more sure of herself and more aware of what to expect from him.
With or without the abortion, things will never be the same. Even today, most readers are still puzzled by the story. Given their seemingly free style of living and their relish for freedom, a baby and a marriage would impose great changes in their lives. An example of this reliance is when they order drinks.
The girl is trying to be brave and nonchalant but is clearly frightened of committing herself to having the operation.
The man is using his logic in order to be as persuasive as possible. However by the end of the story the reader is not as sure as to whether Jig still needs the American. Hemingway uses symbolism to highlight to the reader the possibility that Jig may be pregnant or is pregnant and has to make a decision.
On one side of the landscape there are no trees barren and no shade while on the other side there are fields of grain and trees along the banks of the River Ebro fertile ground. Early objections to this story also cited the fact that there are no traditional characterizations.
In the story, Hemingway refers to the Ebro River and to the bare, sterile-looking mountains on one side of the train station and to the fertile plains on the other side of the train station. The Limits of Language As in most of his fiction, Hemingway is interested in where language breaks down between individuals and how what is unsaid or what is unspeakable can define and divide individuals.
He presents only the conversation between them and allows his readers to draw their own conclusions. It is a wonder that this story was published at all.
What is clear to the reader at the end of the story is that the American is using logic to try and persuade Jig to have an abortion no child means they can continue living as they have been while Jig knows that even if she does not have the child things will not be the same with the American.
One reason for assuming this bare-bones guesswork lies in tone of "the girl. She tells the man to please shut up — and note that the word "please" is repeated seven times, indicating that she is overwhelmingly tired of his hypocrisy and his continual harping on the same subject.
To… Freedom vs Family As the story makes clear from the beginning, both the man and the girl are accustomed to a free, uncommitted lifestyle. Everything in the story indicates that the man definitely wants the girl to have an abortion.In 'Hills Like White Elephants,' Ernest Hemingway addresses this same concern.
Instead of arguing for letting a woman have an abortion if she desires one, though, Hemingway looks at the issue from. “Hills Like White Elephants” calls to mind the “A Game of Chess” section of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (); like Eliot’s masterpiece, Hemingway’s story. In Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway we have the theme of reliance, communication, discontent, change and conflict.
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