Stereotypes In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants, And Girl

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Jordan Fleming
Dr. Fremlin
ENGL 202 T/Th 9:30 a.m.
February 6th, 2018
Thank God, We’ve Fixed Stereotypes
A stereotype is defined as a predictive generalization about people and situations. Whether stereotypes are accurate or inaccurate they are apparent in everyday society. Gender separates us from the moment we are born. Newborn girls receive pink blankets and boys get blue ones. Women are told to be nurturing and quiet while making sure they remain proper. Although races, genders, or certain groups are associated with certain stereotypes, this does not mean that these stigmas cannot be broken. In the two short stories, “Hills like White Elephants,” and “Girl,” the authors portray the gender stereotypes that surround young women throughout the early nineteenth and late nineteenth century of living in a male hierarchy society.
Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” is a story of a young lady and her significant other waiting on a train at a station in Madrid Spain. This story is revolutionary for its time considering the main topic was not a matter that was openly discussed in the early nineteenth century. The characters in “Hills Like White Elephants” can be associated with the male and female gender roles put in place by society. Jig falls into the stereotype of how a woman is supposed to act regarding what a man wants. She is submissive and passive in her vocalizations of standing up for what she wants for herself and for this unborn child. There are various
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