While for the man it is a great obstacle and the end of the horizon. Jig is hesitant, but seems to acquiesce because she wants to make him happy. This story explores the themes of choices, breakdowns in communication, and gender roles. The American doesn't want this transition to happen because he knows his power over her as the sole object of her attention is gone as soon as she reaches true womanhood. Jig wonders if it will make the man love her again like he used to, so silly in love that she could say anything to him and he would be delighted by it.
At the same time, she. Jig and the man have had a romantic relationship for quite some time, and now their future together is in jeopardy. It was very hot and the express from Barcelona would come in forty minutes. On one side of the station, it is fertile, full of trees, fields of grain, a river Lee 2 and mountains. He orders the drinks with water. The American especially is not ready to take responsibility even remotely despite insisting on forcing her to abort the baby.
He perfunctorily tries to convince her to abort the child while she reluctantly tries to please him. The passage from lines 13 through 27, reveals the tarnishing of innocence, as a girl's wanting curiosity discovers the disheartening and bitter realities of life. It is the end of the story that makes me think this. His short, to the point syntax and sentence style plays a great role in helping readers understand the theme of this short story. She's ambivalent about the choice.
With surprising intensity, she begs him to stop talking. Their problems which come into play other than the topic of the abortion, such as their relationship, their nationalities, and their financial situation all help to create that feeling of helpless indecision and inevitability that are apparent throughout the story. Letting air inside the uterus was one of the historical ways of terminating a pregnancy. He tells her he loves her, and that everything between them will go back to the way it used to be. Eventually, they will begin to feel that they have become so insignificant that nothing the do will be able to pull themselves away from the barren abyss. Far away, beyond the river, were mountains. Some critics claimed that the text itself is important and some other said the author and his style is the thing that should be focused on.
In the story, Jig does not have much influence in her relationship with the man, even when it comes to an abortion. This is crucial to understanding the girl's dilemma, since the experience of carrying and birthing a child would eventually lead to her becoming a woman. In addition, the popularity of this story can be found in the change in readers' expectations. The girl is staring at the distant hills, which are brightly lit in the sunlight, though otherwise barren in appearance. In fact, themes are the purpose to an author writing anything. In conclusion, Hills like White Elephants are a story about crisis.
She looks off at the hills and romanticizes that they look like something else, but the American man is unable to see what she sees. These rulings essentially opened up access for women to seek abortions until the age of viability for the fetus. They have plans to take a train from Barcelona to Madrid, moreover they have to wait for forty minutes. The girl, Jig, does not want to, but the American man says that it is the only thing between them. He looked up the tracks but could not see the train.
This statement that may suggest that Hemingway's stories were not very well liked, but in the end they were a big hit. At the end of the forty minutes, it is implied the train has come to pick them up. The train station itself represents the choice on whether or not to have the abortion. He also frequently says she doesn't have to do it if she doesn't want to, which indicates that he's describing an elective procedure. A white elephant gift is an outrageously ugly gift that is often given in jest, that no one really wants. Throughout the story Hemingway uses a motif of the hills that look like white elephants to show theme.
They are silent for a while, but the American brings the operation up again, and Jig tells him in return that they could get along if she did not have it. As the man walks, we feel the oppressiveness of the pregnancy from his perspective, a worry he carries with him like heavy luggage. Also though she is pregnant she is consuming alcohol, which is bad for her unborn child indicating that finally she might Just agree with the American and unborn child while the brown dry countryside is symbolic of the American and the. This newly found movement was built on the loss of traditional values and, the idea of self reliance. The shadow of a cloud moved across the field of grain and she saw the river through the trees. The setting of the story represents Jig and her relationship with her American companion. Hemingway explores older men's loneliness by using the older waiter as a sounding board for the elderly man's defense.
Psychoanalytic criticism expresses the secret unconscious desires and anxieties of the author. The impregnation of Jig has caused the American to pressure her into getting an abortion. While they wait for a train to take them to Madrid, the dangers of persuing happiness unfolds choices — how bad do you want something — how restrictions help you to understand yourself…if you put yourself out of your element — thats when you learn the most about yourself. People that study Hemingway's works try to gain insight and draw natural conclusions about Hemingway and his life. For him, it is entertaining while for her the drink is a distraction from the situation surrounding her. Hemingway has presented this conflict of perceptions quiet remarkably.
The author shows this theme by using names, motifs, and symbols. Hills are no small thing. Her body being the fertile land on which the white hills were. It appears that their relationship was not a serious one. Here her feelings are closest to the surface and there is the sense that there will be an emotional explosion, and then perhaps even some real communication and confrontation of the truth.