Hills Like White Elephants

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The short story, Hills Like White Elephants, written by Ernest Hemingway, is an intriguing piece of literature that captures the true emotion behind conflict and disagreement. The short story takes place at a train station by the Ebro River valley of Spain. There is a couple that are talking and ordering drinks that are named The American, the man, who is nameless and his female companion named Jig. Hills Like White Elephants shows Hemingway's use of theory of omission, a message presented through a story's subtext. For instance, the short story is perceived to be about abortion, however, the actual word abortion is never mentioned and The American seems to be attempting to convince his girlfriend to have an abortion. Through the use of first person and the literary tool of symbolism, Ernest creates a scene of discomfort by having the two main characters in conflict and allows the reader to interpret the basis for it.   In this short story, Ernest Hemingway wants to reveal the coming of age of a woman and how a woman can be controlled psychologically and be manipulated into what the partner wants. From the beginning of the story it is evident that Hemingway intends to focus on Jig and the issues at hand that will directly impact her. Through the use of third person objective, Hemingway leads the reader to believe that the couple are going through a rough patch due to Jig becoming pregnant. Jig, the only character granted a name within the story, has mixed feelings about the pregnancy on whether or not she wants to keep the child. "Well the man said, 'if you don't want to you don't have to. I wouldn't have you do it if you didn't want to. But I know it's perfectly simple'. 'And you really want to?' 'I think it's the best thing to do. But I don't want you to do it if you really don't want to'. 'And if I do it you'll be happy?" This simple sentence displays how the man is manipulating Jig into something she is not entirely sure about. Jig asks if the man...
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