Ernest Hemingway shows the themes in his writing by being very obvious about some of them and not so obvious about others. They sit and drink and they try to keep conversation light and to enjoy themselves. Abortion and pregnancy are two issues that people view differently, and the main characters in Hills Like White Elephants are examples of this. See grades 9—10 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations. The story is about a conversation between a man and girl who are waiting for a train in Spain. In the title Hills like White Elephants, Hills refer to the.
I had no clue the story was about abortion. When the conversation turns from the hills to the operation one is able to comprehend the mentality of the woman. Throughout the story, the woman is distant; the American is rational. There are many types of Fiction Literature read across the world and with much selection, the greatest are short stories. After reading and analyzing this short story in-depth, I found it rather interesting that the girl never once forwardly said she wants to undergo this procedure, but it was the man the entire time trying to convenience her. One can agree with this statement because in life you can go through unexpected situations that really affect your life in a negative way, and in life things might get worse. It's not really an operation at all.
Maybe she decides to lie to Jib, maybe that was her plan all along just to get Jib to speak his mind. The choice of whether or not to abort the unborn child is mainly a woman's decision. Drinks The drinks are a distraction for Jig and the American man. There is a tension between the couple, which is revealed as they drink and discuss an operation that the man seems to be trying to put Jig at ease about having. There must be a decision of where to go next, either keep or abort the child is a difficult decision.
Albany: State University of New York Press. Generally, in culture, men are the dominant group, and women have been suppressed for a long time. The elephant in the room is the abortion procedure that Jig and the man must decide to do or not to do. To talk is to compare to compare is to solve, and thinking about all the issues these two have to work out is mind boggling. It seems perfectly clear that the girl is not at all sure what she wants. She seems compelled to do it because she wants to make him happy. The story is of a woman and a man on their trip to a place where she can have an abortion.
By definition, a theme is the subject or topic of a work. It also shows how the girl and the American settling down would be a necessity with a baby. These two stories often cause the reader to question the story 's sole purpose, and leaves them with many questions since the important themes are strategically placed beneath the surface of the story, in the subtext. The American man wants Jig to have an abortion. The dialog between characters leaves a number of questions unanswered and leaves the reader confused about the conversation as a whole. The setting of the story represents Jig and her relationship with her American companion.
But the story ends without clear resolution, so this does not show is they manage to find common ground. Critics have proposed several ways in which the story could end, some argue that Jig would have the abortion to please her man; while others argue that she would leave the man after she aborts the child Hannum 53 , but there is sufficient evidence that she has decided to keep the child and leave the man. The American wants the girl to have an abortion and states that abortion is not an an operation and the girl seems to have a different opinion about it. There will be arguments and issues with any ordinary couple, but these two try to figure out a way besides fighting. The anti-feminist perspective emphasizes the notion that the man dominates the woman in the story, and she ultimately succumbs to his will by getting the abortion.
It will be argued that she would have felt as she did even if abortion had been legal and safe and easy to obtain. Jig's language lacks self-confidence and authority, and the goal of her language is the man's approval. He would seemingly fall in love with much younger woman every time he divorce the others. Storyboarding is an excellent way to focus on types of literary conflicts. Clearly, these themes are still applicable in modern societies concerning this issue of abortion.
He picked up the two heavy bags and carried them around the station to the other tracks. He kept staring at the hills across the valley, just looking off into the distance as though he were the one getting the abortion, not me. The origin of the phrase is commonly traced to a practice in Siam now Thailand in which a king would bestow the gift of a white elephant on a member of his court who displeased him. The Yellow Wallpaper, on the other hand, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is classified in the genre of American feminist literature, which is also considered to come under gothic fiction due to its gothic settings. Falling Action Jig sits back down and they order another beer. She is unfamiliar with the language of Spain. However, Hemingway leaves his reader in the dark as to the background of the two characters, even to the point of omitting specifics regarding the argument itself.
This was followed up with a 7-2 decision by the same court in the Doe vs. This impasse leads to the communication breakdown shown in the final two lines of the story. The station itself represents thechoice on whether or not to have the abortion. Oh, okay, thank you for informing me about my own goddamn body. The American keeps reassuring her nothing will change between them and that he will still love her.