30 March 2015
Analysis of Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants”
In the story “Hills Like White Elephants” the author Ernest Hemingway tells a story of a couple who are at a train station dialoging about an abortion. Hemingway shows how men do not think the same way about abortions than woman do. Hemmingway also sends a message of how men are manipulative towards women. He illustrates how women seem to have a harder time overpowering a man in a relationship.
First, Hemmingway shows how men do not think the same way about abortions than woman do because in the story the man says it is a perfectly “natural procedure” (Hemmingway) not thinking of all of the hardship an abortion brings to a woman. According to the criticism “ it reveals perhaps better than any other part of the story the terms of the central conflict” (Madden). The man does not think of what the woman has to go ...view middle of the document...
In the story the man continuously keeps talking about how the woman should have an abortion without considering her opinions to the aspect. The man says “it’s a simple solution to a clear problem.” (Hemmingway) The fact that the man says it is a simple solution shows that he wants to get rid of the problem without caring how the woman will feel. According to the criticism “The boyfriend does not even give Jig a chance to choose before answering on their behalf suggesting a regular pattern of the man deciding for her, as she did not oppose to this.” (Madden)
Third, Hemmingway illustrates how women seem to have a harder time overpowering a man in a relationship. In relation to what the critic pointed out about the woman not opposing to any suggestions the man had to say that also shows a difficult time trying to overpower the man. Even though she was thinking in her head what will be of the relationship if she does have the abortion, if there will be a relationship at all, she did not express her feelings to the man in any way. Not being able to express herself shows that she did not have any authority in the relationship and the relationship was really only one sided.
In conclusion, in the story “Hills Like White Elephants” the author Ernest Hemingway shows how men do not think the same way about abortions than woman do, sends a message of how men are manipulative towards women, and illustrates how women seem to have a harder time overpowering a man in a relationship. Hemmingway wrote this story with a feminist point of view because the woman really did not have a say in what the man decided. She could not express herself the way she wanted to and even though she knew here would be no relationship after their conversation, she could not address that to the man herself knowing that her words would not change the way the man approached the situation.
Ernest Hemmingway, “Hills Like White Elephants” p. 276 10th edition
Madden, David. "ALLUSION, WORD-PLAY, AND THE CENTRAL CONFLICT IN
HEMINGWAY'S "HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS"" Classes METHODS Hemingway
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