In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway, there is a relationship unfolding, a complex relationship difficult to understand. The relationship is revealed by a conversation between a man and a woman, a topic of conversation that people rarely discussed in the period that the story was set. After researching interpretations, it is consistently said “She is pregnant, and he wants her to have an abortion” (Weeks 76), to which I agree that this conversation is about abortion. With the man seemingly pushing the topic and the girl hesitant and questionable, it is unsure as to the result of their conversation. However, it is my belief that she chose to follow her heart and not get the abortion.
A metaphor is a figure of speech in which an object or phrase is about something of a greater meaning. Ernest Hemingway, a former journalist and author, in his short story, “Hills Like White Elephants,” a young couple is on their way to Madrid, to receive an operation for the female character. Because there is no official ending to the story, many questions have aroused about the baby. The problem if Jig keeps the unborn child or not leads many people attempt to find the correct answer that Hemingway hides under all the details. Such details include the title, which can be expressed as a metaphor of an unwanted, unexpected, awkward situation.
“They look like white elephants” (Hemingway 75) is one of the first lines in Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants”. The story is about a man and a woman sitting waiting for a train, and they are discussing if the woman should get an abortion or not. They had differing opinions on this topic. The reason for the discussion was never said during the story, so the reader had to rely on symbols to determine what was happening. This story is important because he symbol of the white elephant, and the theme of fighting between what someone wants and what they love, as well as the feeling never being able to go back drove the story.
Throughout the short story (1), “Hills Like White Elephants,” Ernest Hemingway is speaking about a seemingly unwanted pregnancy and a woman’s uneasiness with going through an abortion. However, Hemingway never explicitly says in this work of fiction (2) that it is about abortion or that the woman, Jig, is uncomfortable with it, but uses symbolism (3) to present this to the audience. At the time “Hills like White Elephants” was published, in 1927, abortion was illegal in most places and a very taboo subject that wasn’t to be openly discussed in public. Thus, Hemingway relied greatly upon the use of symbolism to get his message across for this reason as well as the third person narrator (4) that did not give insight into the character’s thoughts within this piece of literature (5) . He uses symbols such as the train station, white hills, the baggage, and the drinks to point towards the underlying internal conflict (6) of Jig’s decision that is being heavily influenced by the American man, who wants Jig to get the abortion.
He wrote Hills Like White Elephants after having time served in the World War I as a journalist in the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants is one of the short stories showed some aspects of love and society at that time. The story is about the conversation of a couple, an American man and a girl on the day they were waiting for the train to Madrid. It is just like a journey of their thoughts with many target destinations. In this story, Hemingway used many elements of literature to express the “Hills like White Elephants” through the conversation of two main
In Nayeli’s dreams of leaving her hometown, “she was eager to see a concert, ride a train, wear fancy clothes, and sip exotic coffees on a snowy boulevard. She had seen elevators in a thousand movies, and she longed to ride one, though not on the roof of one like Jackie Chan” (Urrea 8). All of those things are too far out of reach for Nayeli because of the small, unknown area she lives in, which is why she gains false hope about the way the world truly is, leading to her being overly optimistic about her trip to America. Since Tres Camarones does not have much contact with other people outside of their community, the only information Nayeli has to go on are stories from her aunt Irma and the expectations she made in her head, making the thought of crossing the Mexican border into America seem easy. In the beginning, before she leaves for America, she says, “The Americans will be happy we're there!
The two stories chosen are “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway written in 1927 and “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” by D.H. Lawrence written in 1922. I decided to compare selfishness in both of these stories. The “Hills Like White Elephants” main characters are the American and girlfriend Jig, deals with an unwanted pregnancy and an operation. The story takes place at a train station, the two characters over a couple of beer strike up a conversation regarding Jig condition. The American suggests that their single, carefree lifestyle doesn’t include a child and he was indifferent to the situation.
Case Study Vital Sign During a visit at the mall a 50 year old male was asked by a Nurse at a health fair if he would like to have his blood pressure taken, the man was hesitant at first but agreed to have his pressure taken. During the test the Nurse received a reading of 168/94mm hg, and the wife had a very strong reaction to the result, where she accused her husband of no taking proper care of himself and that’s the reason that she would be a widow at sure a young age. As the Nurse some of the possible interpretations of the blood pressure reading could be because nervousness because he did not want to have the test done in the first place. The place that
In ‘‘Hills Like White Elephants’’ two characters are disputing over an obstacle in which the author seems to imply as an abortion. In this short story, Ernest Hemingway uses a number of poetic devices to decept the reader's thoughts and ethnic beliefs. Ernest takes the soft and delicate subject of abortion and uses it to convey a message to readers. Towards the beginning of the story, the female character, Jig was portrayed as a ‘‘girl’’. Considering that the man was described as ‘‘The American’’ it can be already be established that the girl is significantly lower, and less powerful than the man.
Their relationship is very imbalance. Billy is to blame for that. In chapter 5 of the novel, Billy recalls his wedding night with Valencia after they got done making love Valencia asks Billy about war. Reluctant to talk Billy gets up and goes to the bathroom and finds himself living in the past once again. The slightest mention of war and Billy immediately cringes and checks himself out of reality.
Have you ever read a book and expected the movie to be amazing, then when you finally see the movie it isn’t even like the book? Well that’s what I felt like when I read The Devil’s Arithmetic. Both, the book and the movie, had similarities and differences. The book begins with Hannah complaining about how she doesn’t want to go to the seder dinner with her and that she doesn’t want to remember any more. Her mother makes her go to the Jewish holiday anyway.
The poem entitled “Hills Like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway, display an emphasis on the girl. However, the girl is the person who sat at a table outdoors near the train station with the man named the American. Although the two people having an unplanned conversation waiting for the train; therefore, the train station is the stopping point between Barcelona and Madrid. In the poem, the girl’s name is Jig who is the girlfriend of the American. Subsequently, the man proclaimed in the curtain that he wishes to order two beers.
Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” exemplifies the importance language has in everyday disputes between ordinary people. Hemingway’s characters Jig and the American have a lack of language skills and little communication between them. Although the American often speaks in spanish to the waitress such as in his statement, “Dos cervezas”, this is not the biggest language barrier between the couple (“Hills” 5). A better representation is the American’s response, “It’s pretty hot” to Jig’s question, “What should we drink?” (“Hills” 1,3). Much like their entire conversation, the American skirts Jig’s question and answers non-committedly.
In another, Joey questions how much his mother drank while pregnant with him and her reply is no more than usual, a glass of wine with dinner and amaretto sour after (p. 49). All I thought while reading is WHAT!? What I initially thought would be a silly fun read for younger children suddenly had me questioning
We found our next flight station and it was a while until we get on our plane, so we decided to wait and while we were waiting mom and my two sisters to Mac Donald’s to get lunch. When mom was ordering, my dad saw security guards and between them was Robyn Fenty but her nickname is Rihanna. He tapped me and said,” Look there’s Rihanna,” I hurried up and turned around and almost scream but I covered my mouth. I ran to mom and told her, when she turned around Rihanna was gone and she thought I was lying. When we got on the plane we wished it was our last flight until we got to Orlando Florida, but it wasn’t, we was ready to go have fun, but we had two more flights to take before we get to our destination.