Nevertheless, Ernest Hemingway soon shows that this relationship contains a rift. This becomes apparent once they try conversing to one another. The girl attempts to spark a conversation by mentioning that the hills look like white elephants, but this topic soon turns hostile with the American’s replies. How this conversation is handled already shows that the couple “are trapped in a state of imbalance and disagreement” from the beginning (Link). The problem with the conversation is that the American’s personality of being simple and serious.
She relinquishes in agreement to the operation stating, “Then I’ll do it. Because I don’t care about me” (Hemingway). Here she fights back the only way she can, in a sarcastically agreeable way that is not presented as genuine. Her later responses to all those that the man claims underwent the procedure, “And afterwards they were all so happy” and “If I do it you won’t ever worry?” (Hemingway) depict her skeptic outlook on the proposal. Moreover, there is Jig’s description of the hills looking like white elephants, something that is considered to be priceless, divine rarity, just as new life in the form of a child is.
The Yellow Wallpaper is a narrative story that was told by a woman who was experiencing an illness while telling her story. This peculiar narrative by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is different from other narratives because this one doesn’t introduce the narrator. The narrator is unnamed because the importance resides in the characteristics. In the first sentence of this story, “It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer” (307) tells us that the narrator and John are either high-end middle class or upper class because the ancestral halls would not be available for the lower class. From the passage “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage” (307) tells us that the narrator
In the novel Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, the main character Cimorene, does not act like a normal princess, instead she likes being a dragon’s princess. She also ran away from home and therefore she does not want to be rescued by any prince. She did not like being a proper princess. Cimorene didn’t like where she was because she does not like the rules and the duties of being a princess. Cimorene is justified in ignoring the expected social norms of her day, because she didn’t like what princesses did, she only liked her own way.
Both of these choices are extremes measurements that the man is not willing to take it. Throughout the dialog, the girl is telling him she does not want to have the abortion, but to please him she agrees. She depends on him so much, and she is willing to do anything to keep the relationship going; however, she realizes that nothing can save their affair. The girl looks at the hills and compares them to white elephants. The term white elephants are associated with possessions
Hemingway’s use of hills symbolizes her pregnancy as well, a woman’s stomach looks like a hill when she is pregnant. Hills represent the dilemma the couple is facing, they are an obstacle. The pregnancy is an obstacle, a setback in Jig’s life, but it is something she can overcome with either decision she makes. Jig seems to be torn between the two decisions, she comments on the beauty of the hills but she physically walks to the end of the platform and gazes out at the barrenness surrounding the station. The drastic difference in the two sides represents the two completely different choices the American and Jig can choose to
In “Hills Like White Elephants,” Hemingway does not reveal the underlying meaning, but rather uses symbolism in his story through Jig’s attitude towards her boyfriend, the station in which the couple is at, and the absinthe drink she tries. Jig has an attitude about her that makes seem childish. She repeats her words as if she were a young child would when they want something they cannot have. She makes it seem like she always has to get her way. Upon first glance it would not be easy to figure out why she acts like this, but it is actually quite simple to understand why her behavior and tone are like this.
The author uses dialogue, setting, and symbolism to convey his theme. The theme of “Hills Like White Elephants” is the difference between communication and talking. In the dialogue it is mostly the American trying to persuade the girl to have the operation and the girl getting annoyed at him. The setting shows the characters relationship at a crossroad. The white elephant symbolizes the unborn children that no one wants to talk about.
Calliope feels totally outcasted by the Charm Bracelets. She does not understand why she is not as American as the Charm Bracelets, and that the Charm Bracelets are not as ethnic as her. Cal mentions, “All of a sudden America wasn’t about hamburgers and hot rods anymore. It was about the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock” (298). Now, Eugenides, through Cal, brings the perspective of that being a true American is being white and multigenerational to Calliope.
I strongly believe that the American is not fully committed to her and may not want a baby because he does not want to be stuck with her. I think that they will continue on with their relationship, for right now, and the woman will end up giving in to the American’s wants. He will be fine since he got what he wanted, and the woman will end up unhappy or even alone. To review; there are many areas of omission in “Hills Like White Elephants” that are extremely important. The significance of alcohol, why I believe she wants a baby, how I think both parties feel about the relationship, and the symbolism of the train station.
The movie also leaves out the racism of Mrs. Turner, who praises Janie 's Caucasian feature and despices Tea Cake 's dark skin. I acknowledge that movies don 't always include everything from the book it is based on but I really feel that some scenes should have been included. For example, Janie’s family history isn 't really involved in the film. Also, if you were to just watch the movie you wouldn 't understand why Nanny forces Janie to marry