Hills like white elephants
Hills like white elephants, is a short story about a couple trying to make a big decision together. It is apparent that the girl is pregnant. The argument they are struggling with is whether or not for her to have an abortion. The man is on the side that she should have the operation; she has not yet made up her mind. I strongly feel that the girl “jig” is thinking of keeping the baby but is not sure if her relationship with withstand the pressures of parenthood. In this argument they are having she sways back and forth on her decision and makes her choice. She will keep the baby and see if the man she loves will still love her then.
In this paper I will cover character between the man and ‘jig’, and also setting. In the start of this story the couple is waiting at a train station for their train to Madrid. As they are waiting for the train they start to order drinks. First Beer, something to keep them busy to avoid the conversation they need to have. Jig looks over the landscape. ‘The girl was looking off at the line of hills. They were white in the sun and the country was brown and dry.’ She says “they look like white elephants.” This she says to symbolize the child she is carrying, elephants because having a child is a big responsibility. The sun is making the elephants bright and bringing hope. Her relationship is dry like the earth beneath them. A Part of her wants to get the operation and go back to normal, but another part sees that her relationship is bland and boring. When there at the bar they try a drink called an ‘Anis Del Toro’ she makes a remark that ‘I wanted to try this new drink. That’s all we do, isn’t it-look at things and try new drinks?’ she is asking him this question but also asking herself, questioning what their relationship is about exactly. Jig is almost bored with this man and maybe having a baby is what the relationship needs to revive it. ‘It’s really an awful simple operation, jig,’ the man said...
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