Hills Like White Elephants Essay Questions

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“Hills Like White Elephants”, Ernest Hemingway - 350-353

Question 1: Who are the characters in this story? What is the principal problem that they are facing? What does Jig want to do? What does America want her to do?

Question 2: What are her responses to his wishes? In what ways can you determine what her wishes are? What is happening to her judgement about the American?

In the story “Hills like white elephants.” This story is about a couple that have been traveling from hotel to hotel to be enjoying life. American and Jig are at a moment where they should confront their future. They are having disagreements about something life changing in their life.Their conflict is deciding if Jig should get an abortion.

The main characters
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The American seems to think that the process of the abortion is very simple. Jig seems like she just wants to be happy and please her boyfriend with whatever his choice is. She is having second thoughts if she should have the abortion. In the text it says, “and if I do it you’ll be happy and things will be like they were and you’ll love me?” Jig seems like she will end up having the baby after all because she said, “ It’s all right for you to say that, but do I know it.” She seems to think by this is that he is not going to be suffering because of her actions, she will be the one suffering.In the beginning Jig judgement was that she would do anything to make her boyfriend happy. At the end Jig seems to realize that she should go for what she feels is the right choice.

Through the whole process of the story Jig is stuck in a conflict if she should have an abortion or not. The American seems to not support her in having the baby. Her thinking seems to be if at the end she will make her boyfriend happy. It seems at the end that her thinking changed, because she seems to get mad at his responses.

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks
I find this poem very interesting because it reminds me the years I was in high school. It sounds like the teenagers that will always be late to class. There was students that will not go to school and they felt that they were cool. This poem is describing a high school student that
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