Acceptance of Loss in Eveline and Hills Like White Elephants

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The End of Love and Acceptance of Loss in “Eveline” by James Joyce and “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway

At least once in a lifetime, most people will experience the end of a love and have to deal with the difficulties of moving on. The end of a romance can occur either through choosing to leave your other half or being the one who is left. In the short stories “Eveline” by James Joyce and “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway there are particularly good examples of the end of love and acceptance of loss. The end of a relationship should not be looked at as the end of the world, but as a chance to grow from the experience. The women in these stories both felt pain from their losses but in the words of Alfred
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Eveline knew that if she went to Buenos Aires with Frank she would have a better life, but she also knew that she did not love Frank, although “she had begun to like him” (Joyce 659). When she left Frank at the docks it was the end of a love. It was not the end of her love for him, but of his belief that Eveline loved him. “Her chief concern is herself; she resolves to elope mainly to avoid reliving her mother's futile life”(Dilworth 456). However, what Eveline truly desires isn't Frank but freedom for herself. “All the seas of the world tumbled about her heart. He was drawing her into them: he would drown her”, if she goes with Frank she will be free from her father but she is still worried that she will end up trapped in a loveless marriage just like her mother(Joyce 661). “After all, her mother's marriage to her father must subconsciously condition her anticipation of married life”(Dilworth 456). At the end of the story it is clear that Frank does love Eveline, but as soon as she made the choice to stay with her father their love ended. For Eveline it is easy to accept the loss of marriage with Frank but the loss of the chance at a new life is harder. The story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway is a story that describes a short conversation shared by two lovers at a train station. The conversation is difficult to understand at first, but

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