Symbolism shown in this short story is when the girl said “But if I do it, then it will be nice again if I say things are like white elephants, and you’ll like it?”(Hemingway 275). She is referring to how she wants the baby and not have the operation. This decision is really risky for the girl she does not know if this is going to affect the relationship or not. The man does not really want a baby and tries to convince her otherwise. Not really thinking about the fact that the girl really wants this baby.
The Journey to Self-forgiveness of a Morally Ambiguous Character Guilt is like a scar; it is a painful reminder of an unpleasant situation and is ugly until accepted and moved on from. However, unlike some scars, guilt can dissipate over time as individuals learn to forgive themselves for their wrongdoing. Guilt, along with self-forgiveness, is frequently seen with morally ambiguous characters, such as Amir from Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner. In the story, a young Amir fails to protect his friend Hassan from the antagonist, Assef, which results in the profound guilt that follows him into his adult life. Eventually, he finds a way to forgive himself for his misdeed, as do readers.
By Serena’s actions, we can tell she desperately wants a baby, so that way Offred can leave as soon as possible. Furthermore, it is nonexistent to think or say that the men are the sterile ones. As a sign of reassurance, Serena gives Offred a picture of her daughter. She can still get in trouble, for she tells Offred, “ I have to return it, before they know it’s missing” (Atwood 228). Serena is risking herself, considering she could be in danger if caught with a picture of someone’s child, not being able to say it’s Offred’s.
She knows that her decision doesn’t only affect her, but everyone who is in her situation. Jig's reference to white elephants could be in reply to the baby. The American could see the baby as a white elephant and not want to raise it because of the cost, while Jig could see the child as an extraordinary addition to her mundane life of drinking and mindless traveling. Ernest Hemingway is bringing you into Jig and the man’s
She is afraid of loosing him and is considering to get the child removed. Maybe this is why she blames the American at the beginning of the story for doing this to her. ‘You started it.’ (252). She does not want to be the only one who is responsible for their mistake. The child can be connected to the white elephants.
Many people tell lies to make others feel empathy for them. Weak people buy into these lies and get develop and weak adaptation towards them. Whilst others ignore the empathetic feelings toward them and become strong against them or the forces against them. In Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire” we can see two male characters have contrasting resilience toward Blanche Dubois, this resilience is directly tied in with the empathy they feel towards her life story. Mitch feels sorry for her while Stanley doesn’t.
Lady Macbeth is very passionate that the king must die in order for Macbeth to become the King, but she is worried that he will be to “soft” to do such a thing. “ Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’ th milk” ( 1.5.16). Throughout her soliloquy, she fears that his sympathy will be his downfall and will prevent him from going along with her plan. She is confident that the only way for her plan to work, is to take action right away and,”play false” (1.5.22). Macbeth won’t do anything that will harm his friend, the King, and Lady Macbeth knows that so she knows what to do, she will make sure that he will go through with the regicide.
Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell Have you ever looked at something or someone and started reminiscing negative comments in your head about them? What about cared what others thought of you and tried to play hero to get them to like you? George Orwell’s essay, “Shooting an Elephant”, is a great example of this scenario. This essay secretly hid three key points that most written documents may or may not pinpoint on. It explains how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, animals should be treated just as equal as humans, and always be yourself.
Although the author gives us limited information and doesn’t tell us directly that this story is about an abortion, he truly portrays everything through his detailed symbolisms. The significance of “Hills like White Elephants” is Jig’s battle throughout the story because at first she easily influenced by the man, and goes along with what the man wants, but near the end she enforces that she’s tired of the man talking, and this shows us she’s becoming more independent with her decision-making by saying, “Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?” I would highly recommend this short story because it’s full of drama and the complexity will make you think deeper, and maybe you will develop your own theories on what the story means. “Hills like White Elephants” is definitely a good
They are currently at a train station, which represents a place of transit from one point in life to another. The train bound for Madrid is surrounded by barren hills that the Jig describes as “white elephant hills,” indicating that the baby is a “white elephant gift,” or one that neither of them really wants, and would end up being a burden. At the time, Madrid was one of the largest cities in Spain, a largely Catholic country that was strongly anti-abortion. This made Madrid one of the only places they could go to safely get an illegal abortion. The other train, heading to Barcelona, is surrounded by “fields of grain and trees along the banks of the Ebro,” which indicates fertility and life.
Dimmesdale is haunted by the scarlet letter, perhaps he even feels at times jealous of the symbol. Dimmesdale wants to overcome the adultery and embrace his child, must like what Hester did but does not want to embrace the shame of unmasking himself. Pearl inquires why Dimmesdale cannot be with them in
This quote shows character development in Dimmesdale. At the beginning of the novel, he refuses to own up to his sin without remorse. He was hypocritical in demanding that Hester reveal the name of the man in her affair, knowing that she would not do it. Now, he recognizes his hypocrisy and feels guilt for it. Unlike Hester, who never feels regret or guilt for her actions and stands up for herself, Dimmesdale’s character changes and develops throughout the novel as his individual morals become internally more important than the Puritanical