Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway Essay

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Communication is the key to building a strong foundation of trust between a man and woman. In Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” we learn about the communication breakdown, between a woman named Jig and her companion who is an American man. They must make a decision that will affect both of their lives, and potentially end their relationship.
The setting of the story represents Jig and her relationship with her American companion. “The hills across the valley of the Ebro were long and white. On this side there was no shade and no trees and the station was between two lines of rails in the sun” (Hemingway 224). “The hills were white in the sun and the country was brown and dry” (Hemingway 224). This story uses a lot of
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In this case, so is this unborn child if they decide to keep it from the man‘s point-of-view.
Jig and the American man have two different personalities. They each have different opinions and cannot compromise when it comes to making decisions. There are many factors to this such as their feelings, sex, and age. To have the child or to not have the child is the question. Either way depending on the upshot one person will be contented while the other person is unhappy. The man would rather let Jig go through this operation because he doesn’t want the responsibility of raising a child. This child is more of a curse than a gift. He wouldn’t be able to do want he enjoys the most which is traveling, drinking, and having sex. He persuades Jig to have an abortion. “It’s really an awfully simple operation, Jig,` the man said. “It’s not really an operation at all” (Hemingway 225). To ease her mind he says “You don’t have to be afraid. I’ve known lots of people that have done it” (Hemingway 225). It’s a simple fact that he doesn’t love Jig. If the man loved Jig he wouldn’t abort his unborn child, but to convince her to have

it. The man is very selfish and more confident than jig. He uses his authority in controlling Jig. The man is a strong influence in her decision making process.
According to Paul Rankin: Although it would overstate the matter to suggest that a single critical consensus exists regarding the resolution of Ernest
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