Abortion InThe Mother, By Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

Decent Essays

According to author Frederica Mathewes-Green, “No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.” The debate over abortion is an ardent and polarizing issue as there are those who believe that all humans including those unborn should have a right to life and on the other side of the spectrum are those that believe it should be a woman’s right to choose whether she wants an abortion or not. In Gwendolyn Brooks’, “The Mother”, is a recollection of a mother’s inner conflicts as she laments over the guilt of having had an abortion and the future she never gave her would be child. In Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”, the relationship between two people comes into question as there is a dispute between the man and woman over whether or not the woman should have the abortion. Through Brooks’ poem “The Mother”, we’re able to understand Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” as it pertains to the difficult choices a woman has to make towards abortion through juxtaposition between her reality and the child’s possible life, religious pressure, and the sensitivity of discussing the issue. In Brooks poem, through its initial reading, it comes off as a guilt trip towards the reader as it recounts a woman not being able to experience the joys of motherhood. For example, in “The Mother”, the narrator says “You remember the children you got that you did not get, The

Get Access