Hills Like White Elephants Analysis

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“It is better to be looked over than over looked.” –Mae West. Many people overlook the female characters in “A&P” and “Hills Like White Elephants. People think the main focus is only on the males in the stories or that the female characters are weak. They may have been slightly objectified but they are certainly not weak. That is one of the main similarities from the two stories. This paper addresses the similarities and differences between the two short stories.
In either story, they seem to be objectifying women. In “A&P” it is for simply their looks the whole first part of the story is basically all just Sammy’s thoughts on how they look. “With straps pushes off, there is nothing between the top of the suit and the top of her head except just her…” (Updike, 1963, p. 2). And “She held her head so high her neck, coming out of those white shoulders, looked kind of stretched, but I didn’t mind. The longer her neck was, the more of her there was.” (Updike, 1963, p. 2). Sammy clearly thought this girl was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and he didn’t seem to think the other girls were too bad either because he spent some time describing them too.
In “Hills Like White Elephants” it is more of an objectification of the bodies purpose instead of its appearance. The American man acted like he did not care at all what she wanted. In either story, there is a discussion about the female body. In “Hills Like White Elephants” the American man did not seem to care much about
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