Because I don’t care about me.” She’s saying she will do the procedure, just like the man asked her to (Hemingway 477). This decision feels one sided, because Jig did not get to think for herself, and said that so the man would be happy and the tension would go away. Jig is tired of talking about this, as she asks the man “would you please please please please please please please stop talking?” Indicating that she is tired of talking about the abortion (Hemingway 478). When the American tells Jig they can “have everything” she keeps shooting down his statements, and seems more level-headed and in control of herself than she was when the conversation began. This could suggest that when she says “I feel fine” at the end of the story, she really means it.
Hills Like White Elephants “Hills Like White Elephants” is a dialog between a man a woman. They are talking, but they are not listening to each other. The both realize the relationship is over. The conversation is about making the choice of having an abortion or marriage. Both of these choices are extremes measurements that the man is not willing to take it.
They discuss the operation without saying what they really mean and want to say. The young couples small talk ends when the American man brings up an operation, concluding to the gift of a baby that he does not want to fully be held responsible for. He sees the gift of a baby as a burden to his relationship and future life with Jig. By which causes Jig to come to the realization that her life looks shallow and what she thought she wanted turned out to not be true. In the short story, Jig states, “That’s all we do, isn’t it--look at things and try new drinks,” symbolizing she wants a change in her
Baptista tries to make Katherine happy but because she portrays a foul-tempered, evil women, it becomes hard to do. Baptista tells Katherine to stay outside but in return Katherine says with her sharp tongue, “Why, and I trust I may go too, may I not? What, shall I be appointed hours, as though belike I knew not what to take and what to leave? Ha!” (Taming of the Shrew 1.1.102-104). Instead of politely obeying what her father told her to do, she does not listen to him and she thinks he treats her like a child.
While “Nastia faces shame as a single mother, while Misha 's status as unmarried father is not even an issue” (Salys). Even at the dinner when Nastia announces her pregnancy, one of the first suggestions is an abortion, which is an unwanted and unhelpful suggestion by one of the men. In The Time: Night, Andrei represents the violence increase during perestroika as his story revolves around his prison sentence for fighting (Petrushevskaya 42). The men in these stories are contrasted to the women. “Like intense relationships between women in general, the relationship between mother and daughter has been profoundly threatening to men,” and , by largely eliminating men from these stories, or showing them in a negative light, the women becomes the sole focus (Marsh).
In top of all she is not sure about going through with the procedure. “The American” wants Jig to go through the procedure. He feels like if she goes through with the abortion, things will go back to what the used to be. She doesn’t feel that way; she knows things will not be exactly like they were before. Jig knows that if she goes through with the abortion they would have made the decision that they don’t want a family.
(Baccellia, 2007) The second story is about a woman named Jig and a nameless American man waiting in Barcelona for a train trip to Madrid. Assuming that the man involved in this story is Jig 's boyfriend or husband due to their interactions with one another, the two discussed the possibility of abortion, which leads to Jig describing the two hills she sees while waiting for the train as white elephants. The meaning of the hills looking like white elephants is that Jig is debating if the abortion procedure is the best decision. Almost like she has something precious that she has to get rid of. In the end, Jig decides to go through with the operation but as the story closes we 're left without knowing what happens next for the couple 's future and how this crucial decision will affect the two later on down the road.
Having a baby will impose a drama change in their lives including their relationship. Because of that, the American man becomes supportive for the girl’s choice of abortion, but at the same time he wants her to have operation. For example, the American man gave his explanation about the relationship, “That’s the only thing that bothers us. It’s the only thing that’s made us unhappy” (Hemingway 201). The American man is evading the responsibilities of fatherhood if the girl decides to do the operation, yet he is trying to maintain his relationship without directly giving pressure on the girl.
The two characters just talk, but they do not take the time to understand and listen to each other. The dialogue helps convey the theme. While the characters wait for the train they don’t really communicate with each other. The American tries to say anything to convince the girl to get the operation. He says things like,
The problem with the conversation is that the American’s personality of being simple and serious. This is shown by his reply to an imaginative remark with a short, straightforward answer of, “I’ve never seen one” (Hemmingway 1). However, when she agrees, he is quick to defend his pride, attempting to maintain his image of being “the authority of knowledge” (Link). As for the girl, she is imaginative, and evasive as she quickly changes the conversation instead of handling it. Donald and Heather Hardy support these ideas with a brief analysis of the two characters’