Friday, June 17, 2005

Theme in "Hills Like White Elephants"

In this piece, Ernest Hemingway presents a very sensitive issue which is pro-choice or pro-life to us. Different people have their different view on pro-choice and pro-life. Hemingway sets up three characters in this story. The woman in this piece, known as "Jig," she wants to give birth to her fetus. The man who wants his partner to have an abortion, identify as an American, and the last one the hills. I think that even thought the hills do not say a word to them, but its existence plays an important role in this piece and brings out the main idea of this piece.

White elephants are defined as burdens, something that nobody wants. Hemingway makes people connect it with baby, the fetus in the stomach of the woman. It is obvious that the man is trying to escape from his responsibility, and he keeps saying that he loves "Jig." However, I do not know whether he is really in love with her or not. Perhaps they will over after she had an abortion.


At 2:54 PM, Blogger writingskillsmed said...

Yes, the hills are very important in the story and so are the tracks. I do not believe that things will be the same for them, as they both seem to hope.


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