Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

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E.B. White once said, “There's no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another.” This quotation means that nobody ever knows how complicated things are going to get, and on top of that they can get worse. One can agree with this statement because in life you can go through unexpected situations that really affect your life in a negative way, and in life things might get worse. Both Soldiers home by Ernest Hemingway and Hills like white elephants by Ernest Hemingway support the idea that Life is a complicated place. He portrays this through his main male characters of both of his story’s, The American and Harold, they both try to find the easiest way out of complicated situations. To begin the novel shows that Hemingway portrays life as a complicated place through his main character The American. Ernest portrays men as the dominant sex in all of his writings. In Hills like white elephants The American is faced with a complicated situation, such as Jig being pregnant. The American wants Jig to have an abortion and is giving her no choice by cornering her, making her feel like having a child isn’t a good thing. He states ‘Of course I don’t want anybody but you. I don’t want anyone else. And I know it’s perfectly simple” (Hemingway 2). He is pushing her to have the abortion by telling her he didn’t want anyone but her. When in reality he just didn’t want her to have the baby. He was given a difficult situation and tried to find the
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