Conflict In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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Ernest Hemingway 's short story 'Hills Like White Elephants ' is a story about a couple who are having some trouble in their relationship. The main characters in the story are an American man and a girl. The whole story is mostly a dialogue between the couple. They are trying to have a fine time, but there tension between them and some kind of operation needs to be done. The operation can easily be done and if it 's going to happen it will be done on the girl. In the story it 's not being said what the operation is. The second time I read it I understand that they are talking about an abortion. The man wants the girl to do the abortion while the girl is not sure. In Hemingway’s story Hills like White Elephants the conflict and tension between the man and the woman are revealed through their dialogue with one another and through their actions. Also revealed through dialogue and gestures is the subject of their conflict which is their unborn child and the decision the woman is faced with. The first words exchanged between the man and the woman suggests that she is upset with him. Her comment to his response of having never seen a white elephant, “No, you wouldn’t have”, is rude. There was not a reason for her to be rude like that. He ignores her snarky comment and order a new beer for them to try. This is when the tension between the couple becomes more noticeable. She says that “[the beer] tastes like licorice” and that “everything tastes of licorice. Especially all the
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