Analysis Of Hills Like White Elephants

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Many who have read “Hills like White Elephants” can agree that it is a hard story to comprehend. The meaning is hidden and has to be deciphered. When I found out the meaning I was blown away. I had no clue the story was about abortion. There are many views on whether the girl wants to go through with it or if the “American man” is forcing her. There are many facts that point to the conclusion that the man is forcing the girl to commit abortion. The language, tone and the setting all point to this conclusion.
The dialogue of how the man speaks to the girl shows that he has the control. Dialogue can reveal overwhelming information about a character’s personality, and in this short story it shows us that the man likes to have control. We can see this in the following passage: “We want two Anis del Toro”. [Man] “With water?” [Waitress] “Do you want it with water?” [Man] “I don’t know,” the girl said. “Is it good with water?” “It’s alright.” “You want them with water?” asked the woman. “Yes, with water.” (Hemingway). The American man does not give Jig a choice before answering the waitress on her behalf proposing a constant pattern of the guy deciding for her, we know this because she does not oppose to this. Instead, she displays herself as uncertain and obedient by stating, “I don’t know” and by allowing him to decide for her. The manipulating manner shown by the male character by ordering drinks is a step into his persistent pushing for his girlfriend to accept…
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