Hills Like White Elephants Essay

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Hemingway’s ‘Hills Like White Elephants’
From the beginning of Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”, Jig has been a character of mystery, even until the very end of the short story. During the American’s and Jig’s whole conversation, it seemed as though everything was uneasy; and that’s because it was. The whole text was a conversation about the American wanting Jig to abort her baby during a time when abortion was still fairly new.
‘Hills Like White Elephants’ was published in the year of 1927, a few years after the novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published. It was known in the beginning of the 1900’s, marriages were not taken seriously as they should have been in present time and during novel. Usually, the husbands would be out late hours of the night doing whatever they wanted and sometimes, rarely, so would some wives. In The Great Gatsby, Tom was cheating on Daisy with Myrtle, who was also cheating on her husband while Daisy was also cheating on Tom with Gatsby. The characters seemed to have everything they ever want and needed, but were not satisfied with their love lives. They were all sharing each other and didn’t know it but did suspect something was going on. Jig could have been an unmarried women that wanted to be free and have fun unlike the married women that could not or just not having a single care in the world.
At one point in the short story, The American sits quietly after jig begs him to stop talking about the abortion,

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