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I Feel Fine Essay

1457 words - 6 pages

I Feel Fine
Even though man has the right of a free choice, the right to freedom and the right to seek his own happiness, this opportunity can easily be limited. Because, if you are in a relationship, couples as well as friends, and both parties don’t want to go in the same direction, you have to take your partners view into consideration, you have to compromise. However, situations can arise where there can be no compromise, where there are no happy medium. In cases like this you are forced to make an epoch-making decision, which is not to be changed, and which one of the parties may never reconcile with. When such a situation comes up, you will have to make up your mind on how this change ...view middle of the document...

Obviously this is affecting her, and because of her great love to the American, and her wish of getting back where they were, she considers going through with it. But she can’t let go of her idea of having the baby, settling down and starting a family.

The text is written in a vastly stylistic way; because of it being written in a third person narrator, it contains almost no adjectives or other sorts of descriptions expect from a few ones of the landscape, and also none of the characters’ emotions or facial expressions are really mentioned. This leaves the reader with only the dialogue to interpret. This narrative technique reminds me of the technique used by Ernest Hemingway. What is characteristic about his narrative technique is his use of the so-called ‘iceberg technique’, which this whole text is a great example of. It has been named that way because of the way the writer only shows the one-eighth part above water and not the seven eighths below, which means that he is keeping seven eighths of his meaning unwritten, for the reader to decipher from the one eighth that he is writing. As a matter of fact, this is not the only parallel to Ernest Hemingway, but I will cope with that later.
A notable thing about this narrative technique is the amount of symbolism. In this text a lot of symbols are being used to express how each of the main characters’ considerations are connected to the big decision they have to make.
When Jig is looking at the landscape she compares the hills to white elephants:

“’They look like white elephants,’ she said.
‘I’ve never seen one,’ the man drank his beer.
‘No, you wouldn’t have.’
‘I might have,’ the man said ‘Just because
you say I wouldn’t have doesn’t prove anything.’ ” (p. 1, l. 16-19)

Besides the symbol im a going to mention in a minute, this quote shows a slightly unkind tone in their way of communicating, which asserts oneself throughout the rest of the text.
In the first sentence the white elephant appear for the first time. A white elephant is an idiom for a valuable possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. In this connection both Jig and the American are intimidated by the thought of having a baby. It is obvious that they both are living an eventful life, and I think the American sees the couple's unborn child as an approaching obstacle of keep doing that. Contrary to that, I think Jig is still seeing it as a good thing, as a ‘valuable possession’, ore more likely a gift. First of all because of her not wanting the abortion, but second of all because of how she looks at the landscape in different ways. The use of the nature as a symbol of how she feels is here evidently. Walking to the platform and looking to either side Jig discovers the two possible outcomes of the dilemma; on one hand barren...

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