Analysis Of ' Hills Like White Elephants ' And ' Good People '

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In “Hills Like White Elephants”, and “Good People” Ernest Hemingway and David Foster Wallace identify the political and moral problems of abortion and how it effects on loving affairs. Even though the characters in their story share similar behaviors, shown by the dominant males promoting the operation to remove an unborn child, the females who value even though they face some difficulties of child rearing, as well as the two couples’ refusal to discuss conflicts with each other, both authors have different conclusions resulting from the sharp differences in setting, diction, and role of religion; Hemingway indicates love is bare and dull as well as presented by woman’s submissive role to the male’s prerogative while Wallace…show more content…
The entire story is lengthened out between the time it takes Sheri to turn and Lane to look up at her, the perspective of the story seems to be taking place from the the inside of the protagonist’s head, who is recalling events that have recently happened so he is able to choose whether or not he is able to have the strength to accept Sheri’s decision. Hemingway 's and Wallace’s geographical imagery symbolizes the couple’s reluctance to simply address their decisions on the abortions. In “Hills Like White Elephant” , Jig compares the mountain to “white elephants” which literally means a burden that is difficult to communicate and share; the “white elephants” figuratively represents the problem about the abortion (Hemingway 924). In “Good People”, Wallace implicitly states that Lane and Sheri’s pregnancy is “half hidden from their friends and the community”, while also acknowledging the dire situation of their relationship is like “downed tree” with “exposed roots” even during the beautiful season of spring “grass is () green” and the “air suffused with honeysuckle and lilacs” (Wallace 927). Also, Lanes’ posture shows she has a feeling of anxiety, reluctance and shame as she looks from a “hole in the ground” to “the individual” from the other side of the lake but not at Sheri who sits with “her face
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