In the middle of their conversation he states, "if you don 't want to you don 't have to. I wouldn’t have you do it if you didn 't want to. But I know it 's perfectly simple.” (Hemingway 4). When the women attempt to show hope and talk about the beauty of bring a child into this world; the American man continues to state that the operation is simple.
Throughout their conversation, you can decipher a tone where the conversation sheds light on his feelings towards the procedure and her feelings. He says “It’s really an awfully simple operation, Jig. It’s not really an operation at all” (Hemingway 124), in an effort to persuade her to in fact have the abortion. She, on the other hand, seems silent at first, but then questions how their life will be better after this procedure. Her uncertainty shows in her responses, and in other findings “… the sensuous beauty of a love relation that is quickly deteriorating, now that she has become conscious of her lover’s selfishness” (Maynard 273).
The man is manipulating her through his words to get his girl to go through with the operation. First, he brings up the operation and goes on to say that “It’s really an awfully simple operation”(42) hinting at the fact that it is easily done and not a big deal at all. Secondly, the man uses the idea of happiness to win her over in this decision, “That’s the only thing that bothers us. It’s the only thing that’s made us unhappy”(50) he is manipulating her into thinking that this operation will revive their happiness they once shared in this relationship. Thirdly, he tries to normalize the operation to make her feel like it’s a common thing, no big deal, he tells her she doesn’t “have to be afraid.
Hills Like White Elephant is a short story by Earnest Hemingway from 1927. The story is talking about a failing relationship between an American man and his girlfriend. This couple is at a critical point on their lives. At the bar in a train station in Spain, the girl, Jig, does not want to end up her pregnancy, but she is going to sacrifice the baby to satisfied him. Because he is critical of the exploitation of his girl’s feelings concerning the continuation of unbalanced relationship.
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.
A white elephant signifies something that has a high value but is not quite beneficial. When this proverb is placed in context, it would be possible to assume that Jig’s pregnancy might be a ‘white elephant’, considering a human life is very valuable but the couple is not ready to have a child at the moment. According to Joseph M. Flora, a white elephant in nature is rare (44) and this can signify that maybe it would be the only chance for the girl to get a baby, for the reason that a woman can get possibly infertile after an abortion. The question arises what the hills might have to do with white elephants. The hills can be seen as a boundary between the couple.
For example, after Don Pedro wonders if Beatrice is interested in him, Beatrice takes what she has said before, immediately responding, “No, my lord, unless I might have another for working-days; your grace is too costly to wear every day. But I beseech your grace, pardon me: I was born to speak all mirth and no matter” (2.1.320-323). Beatrice does not offend the prince and immediately defends herself and her previous words, which also demonstrates her fast-paced thinking and intelligence, seeming almost natural. Then, Beatrice praises the Prince, which reveals that Beatrice doesn’t want to offend the Prince, whether it is serious or not. In the courtier system, one must be loyal and respectful towards others, especially to the higher class.
In the novel Gatsby Daisy 's first love is arguing with her current husband in new york as they all took a trip there together. Gatsby says, “ Your wife doesn 't love you-- She never loved you she loves me. She only married you because I was poor and was tired if waiting for me”( Fitzgerald-130). Daisy struggles to lose herself because she 's just letting the men argue in her face.
Cheating is not only appalling as it 's mendacious, but because it 's been done to a goddess, to which the antagonist is inferior. She avers that her lover doesn 't function on his own and she remains with him due to love, not because he 's worthy: "Motivate your a**, call me Malcolm X; your operator or innovator... You don 't love me deep enough, we 're not reaching peaks enough; blindly in love, I f***s with you 'til I realize I 'm just too much for you... When you hurt me, you hurt yourself, when you play me, you play yourself, when you lie to me, you lie to yourself, when you love me, you love yourself--love God herself." Underneath, the boasting could be a pep-talk to herself ("Hold Up" does precede "Hurt") and the falling lines could be indicative of a mindset of oneness with him.
When Fowler challenges Pyle 's relationship and tells him it is not his “way of love”, Pyle instinctively reacts by saying, "I want to protect her” (73). He is misled by his misconceptions about her, and accordingly, about Vietnam. Pyle wants to sate his desire to help others by improving Phuong 's way of life—by showing her how Americans live. He needs no assurance whatsoever that he will succeed in his goal of taking Phuong from Fowler, because American ideology gives him confidence that he will prevail. Graham Greene accentuates this point, because it applies to the general American ideology.
She did not want to be married, but for the time being it was a refuge” (121). Cathy’s detachment allows her to exploit Adam, necessary for protection and the satisfaction that she thrives off of. Upon Adam and Cathy (Kate)’s next encounter, Adam renders Kate powerless by refusing to fall prey to her lures, saying, “It wouldn’t matter [at all]—even if [your lies] were true” (235), and
In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, the author leaves an open ended question as to if the couple with have the abortion, giving readers the tip of the iceberg making them wonder what happens after the story ends. Often, society's portrayal as to how women should express their opinions and make decisions is they must at least somewhat rely on a male's opinion in making those choices. Women can and do, however, make decisions without a male counterpart's guidance, which is inarguably better for building upon their individual characters and can improve the way in which they are sometimes seen in society due to pre-conceived roles established for them over time. The American controls, for now, Jig’s whole life;