Ernest Hemingway 's Hills Like White Elephants Essay

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We are all too familiar with the components of a classic, romantic bestseller. Boy and girl meet, boy sweeps girl off her feet, and they both ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after; a tale as old as time. However, this isn’t a realistic portrayal of love. Real love is messy, complicated, and even unfair at times. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892), and Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” (1927) offers a more accurate portrayal of romantic functionality that is still applicable today as it was back then. Written in the pre-feminist movement of the 1970s, these authors have provided a rich base of female suppression under weight of the male counterparts in play. While we explore the depths of this story, and utilizing this theme as our base, we are able to identify the similarities of powerlessness and vulnerability of the women, the stubbornness and selfishness of the men, symbolism, and setting, and the contrasts such as the rhetorical style and endings in both stories as well. In both stories, the major underlying thematic base is the powerlessness and vulnerability the female characters have under the dominance of the men in their lives. In “Hills like White Elephants,” the girl, who we know as Jig, and her partner, known as the America, are discussing the possibility of an operation; the reader can infer this operation to be an abortion. Hemingway makes it a point to establish the dependence Jig has on the American by
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