Behavior in “Hill’s Like White Elephants”
Ernest Hemingway’s “Hill’s Like White Elephants” tends to the situation where the man in a relationship creates a large impact on the actions of their partner. The author puts his characters in an uncomfortable setting to where readers can assume awkward conversation is taking place. Assuming quite well this story is about the decision of an abortion, the author gives the readers an idea of the character’s relationship, and how they express their thoughts, and hide their real emotions. First, Hemingway provides examples of Jig and the American’s behavior within their relationship. Provided, the situation they are in is uncomfortable for any young relationship, but when Jig steers the conversation to pointing out “The hills look like white elephants,” The American simply answers, “I’ve never seen one.” Rather than agreeing and understanding her vulnerability, he fights her opinion and tries to focus on talking about the abortion. In later text, he points out, “I love you now: You know I love you” I think the character of Jig is very unique and creative, if the American loves her, he would appreciate the fact that she pointed out the hills look like white elephants rather than undermining her opinion, no matter their situation. Then, he writes the American character as someone who insists on abortion but only if Jig really wants it. The American manipulates Jig by saying “It’s really an awfully simple operation, Jig. It’s not really an operation at all.” He tries to make the abortion seem like its nothing so she will feel the same way as if he’s putting thoughts in her head, “we’ll be fine afterward. Just like we were before.” As he points out, their situation won’t leave things fine between the two, although he claims to go with her decision. Jig wants nothing more than to make her man happy and feels going through with the operation, she’ll lose him. For example, she says “I know. But if I do it, then it will be nice...
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