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Hills like white elephants Ernest Hemingway
1: Hills like white elephants is a short story by Ernest Hemingway first published in 1927 and is written with a limited third person narrator and its almost as if we (the readers) is just eavesdropping in on a couples conversation. Jig and The American/The man is having a discussion about whether or not or have a operation in a rather elusive way. Though the story never tells us exactly what kind of operation they are talking about fair to assume they are talking about an abortion because of the dialogue between Jig and The American such as "but i dont want anybody but you" and "Cut it out" and that they are in Spain in the twenties, Spain being a catholic country abortion was very illegal back then and thats why they had to be a little careful. The story spans over 40 minutes spent in and around a small train stations bar in the vally of the Ebro for the train bound to Madrid. The couple chats randomly but soon the chat escalates to a full fledged argument over whether they Jig going to go through with the operation where the american tries to persuade her in favor of the operation while she is having the second thoughts. Other characters include a bar maid who brings them several drinks and some people waiting for the tain. The question remains unresolved. 2: Jig and the American is almost steroitypical caricatures of man and woman. Jig is very submissive as she asks him permission every time she wants to order a drink and she tries to avoid a direct argument with him at any cost "i dont care about me" not only because they are in Spain and have to thread carefully but also because the depend on him to survive, shes also more emotional then him when she says "the hills look like white elephants" to which he replies "I have never seen one" to us its obvious that the american thinks Jig ment that the hills literally looked like white elephants while she in fact just wanted to communicate that she was thinking about the baby in a subtle way since they have already once agreed to go on with the operation before the story starts (presumably). The American is a very dominant and male character, he is always having the final word and his wants and wishes weigh far more heavily with her then hers do with him, and its clear that he doesnt want the baby. They may also have some deeper problems with their relationship that does not resolve if they just go through with the abortion, even though they seem to think so in the beginning of the story they soon realize that the only way they are going to have a chance together is if they have the baby (as opposed to only having a change if getting the abortion) and maybe settle down somewhere, and thats why
The American gets op at the very end to move the bag to the opposite set of rails and when he gets back he askes her "How do you feel" and she replies "I feel fine". I think they will drop the abortion and the American will eventually leave Jig with her baby due to the inherent problems of their realationship "we can have everything" "no, we can't" is just too different kinds of world view in my opinion.