The Theme Of Power In Hills Like White Elephants

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A beautiful view of mountains and a sunset in the background or running up hill for hours. Two distinctive perspectives showing different sides of a story. The mountain having power to make something beautiful or feel like it is slowing you down and is just in the way. Power can be argued to be good or bad in certain situations because with power it can mold the person we will become or how we will live our life. Power can motivate us or it can lead to actions that could cause regret. By discussing power in the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” it reveals the importance of having your voice be heard in patriarchy, language, and agency. Power is disguised as hills that appear to be just another barrio that is seems to be in the way, but if given a chance and taking a better look it can be prettier than what you expected it to be. Back in earlier times it has been said that men are always right and that women are to obey their husband, but women have progressed and since then and women have the right to speak their mind and not be frowned upon. Usually older men are said to acquire more knowledge and experience because of their age. In “Hills Like White Elephants” the young girl, Jig, is powerless, but expresses ideas of her own in the end and takes her power back. “I said the mountains looked like white elephants. Wasn’t that bright” (Hemingway31). Her lack of being able to make her own decision contributes to her loss of power. She doubts herself and does not
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