She does not want to have to abort her unborn child, and continually asks for reassurance in going through with the operation. Jig relies completely on the man, and is afraid she will lose the relationship she has with him, or the potential relationship with her child. “‘What do you mean?’ ‘ I don't care about me.’ ‘Well, I care about you.’ ‘Oh, yes. But I don't care about me. And I'll do it and then everything will be fine.’" (Hemingway 3).
The story of the Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway is about an American man and a young girl. They were waiting at a train station in Barcelona, drinking together. While they were waiting on the train to go to Madrid they had a conversation about something. Although the dialogue didn’t directly say what they were discussing, certain clues were given that pieced everything together about the conversation they were having. The interactions between the two have something to do with the fact that they had a physical encounter.
A Struggle with Identity “Hills Like White Elephants” is a short story in which Ernest Hemingway, the author, uses stylistic ways in presenting the story. The setting takes place in a Spanish railway station. Jig, Hemingway’s main character, and the American man, exchange frustration and confusion because of a simple operation the American man wants Jig to go through (Hemingway, 887). After a series of arguments and reasoning, at the end of the story, Jigs explained that she felt fine, suggesting that she was fine all along. The struggle with identity that the two face is the new identity of becoming a parent, and accepting to be one.
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. Essentially, getting on the train to Madrid would lead to the abortion, and the train to Barcelona could lead to life, the birth of a baby, and the start of a family. Hills Like White Elephants is a short-story with a much deeper meaning than first perceived. What can appear to be a casual conversation is actually the turning point in a couple’s relationship, and could either lead to the formation of a family and the birth of love or the backtracking in their relationship. Rereading stories and looking for deeper meaning in symbolism is vital, and can lead to a better understanding of life and it's
Jig, the Spanish woman, is eager to keep the unborn child as the American man who is the father is not. They each bring up different points as to why throughout the story. In Earnest Hemingway’s short story Hills like White Elephants written in 1927 he uses the hills themselves, the scenery that the couple is surrounded by, and the beaded curtain as symbols to describe the situation that the couple faces. In this short story, the hills that the train station overlook are compared to white elephants. This is because the conversation Jig is wanting to have with the American consists of whether or not to keep the
She does what she is told, not questioning why, but accepting that that is the way that things are to be. Though gaining the approval of her father and others who believe in the patriarchal system, Ophelia makes herself extremely vulnerable by doing this. It’s almost as if she is begging someone to manipulate her, which is exactly what happens. “The king, queen, and Polonius continue their plan of uncovering the reason for Hamlet's madness by using Ophelia as a decoy” (Wright). In the end, by obeying her family
In Shakespeare’s sonnet 152, he is writing about a man who is seemingly not in a committed relationship with anyone, but is having sexual relationships with a married woman. He is both frustrated with the position he is in, but wants to stay is this adulterous affair because he is a selfish man. The first line of the poem he states, “In loving thee thou know’st I am forsworn” (1). Then goes on to say, “I am perjured most / For all my vows are oaths but to misuse thee” (6-7). These statements both are saying that Shakespeare knows that he is breaking promises to possibly himself, his religion and others, by loving a married woman.
She is no longer the beautiful actress whom she once was and he cannot control her any longer, but he still longs to be a part of her life. He begins giving her money to help support her family, and tries desperately to show her that just because her looks are gone does not mean that her value is. Even though she tries to shut him out, he never gives up. He even offers to take her son under his wing and teach him how to be a gentleman, an offer which she eventually accepts. After she outcasts herself, Pio learns to see Camila as a person instead of as something to train and control and realizes that he can and does love her
From the beginning of the of the story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway , he tells us about how an American man by the name of Jig and a girl at a crossroad waiting for a train to take the to Madrid. While waiting the girl compares the nearby hills to white elephants and the couple sit and talk about an operation that the man wants the girl to have, which is his way of saying abortion (Hemingway 274). The way that the man easily controlled the girl was a great way to use literary elements. The use of characterization,conflict, irony and symbolism help the reader figure out the meaning behind “Hill Like White Elephants” and exactly what's going on in the short story. The Characters in this short story are an American man
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