There appears to be a lack of sense of responsibility from the couple. No one wants to explicitly say what should be the verdict (though the American suggests that the girl should have an abortion, he then also says that it is her decision to make. This can be seen as the man giving her false power over the matter) because no one wants to be held responsible for commissioning an act which is deemed immoral, especially in America where the issue of abortion was trending with controversy. (Marvin, Olasky, “Abortion News in the late 1920s: A new York City Case Study) When the man is back from fetching the bags, he sits alone by the bar and sees other passengers who are ready to depart and sums it as the reasonable thing to do. This is probably the crux of how the man views the girl.
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
In the text, the girl does not discuss how she feels about the operation and avoids receiving any help to her situation This can be seen when the girl says "But I don't care about me. And I'll do it and then everything will be fine" (Hemingway 3). This verse shows readers how the man has pushed the girl in such a way, where she is forcing herself to go through the operation and hating herself for it. She could have avoided it all through communication with the man, instead she conceals her feelings and assumes everything will be "fine".This point is clear because the girl has concealed her emotions on the topic of abortion and it has led her to commit in something she obviously does not want to undergo and it has made her lose her sense of self worth. By saying she doesn't care for herself and assuring everything will be fine, it is obvious that the girl has a fear of abandonment.
Throughout the conversation there were points where the girl had moments of indecisiveness when it came down to what her final choice was going to be. The point of her growth was displayed at the end when she made it a point that her choice was made up and that the man needed to stop talking to
Loyalty on Nothando’s behalf, as she does not take instruction from George to give additional unknown medication to Lady Braeburn as she is unaware of Lady Braeburn consulting with a doctor. It was challenging for Nothando to leave Zimbabwe and work under the identity of Stephanie Edwards originating from Peckham, London to secure employment in the country. “I giggle at the absurdity of using someone else’s name.” (Mhangami-Ruwende 141) Nothando is shocked when Lady Braeburn shows affection by taking Nothando’s hand in hers and asks: “What is your real name?” (Mhangami-Ruwende 147) This happened rather
Jane tells John, her husband, what she is feeling, but he does not listen to her and assumes everything is fine ( Gilman 527). John decides to ignore her feelings instead of trying to help her; this suggests that their relationship is not healthy. According to Suess, Jane also has an unhealthy relationship with the medical language. One of the reasons she feels this way is because according to doctors, there is nothing wrong with her health. Mental problems, such as depression, are issues men in the nineteenth century do not seem to be aware of (Suess).
Besides the literal similarities meanings of the stories, both also have a symbolic meaning. Throughout “Hills like White Elephants” Jig have some moments where she expresses symbolic objects that influence her attitudes. Jig’s imagination is key for the story, for example in the beginning of the story she states, “They look like white elephants” (Hemingway 475). According to the dictionary, a white elephant is “a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.” After this definition it is important to bring the response the American man about jig reference he says, “I’ve never seen one” to which Jig responses with, “No, you wouldn’t have” (Hemingway 475). If the white elephant
One side of the landscape is dry and barren and unsuitable for life which is closely connected to what her life would be if she goes with the operation. On the opposite side of them there is a beautiful lush green fertile for wildlife. Since they don't know what to do, Hemingway set them in the middle of both. Hemmingway uses symbolism as a way to further enhance and illustrate possibilities of the outcome story. He is minimalistic not giving many details about what evidently happens.
In the beginning of the story she looks at the hills and says, “They look like white elephants”(p.312). A white elephant is an unwanted gift, or a gift nobody wants. By her comment we see that she does not want the baby, the baby being the white elephant. Throughout their conversation, she withdraws her comment and says, “they’re lovely hills. .
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.