Gender Relationships in "Hill like White Elephants"

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In Ernest Hemingway’s “Hill’s Like White Elephants” he reveals the relationship between men and women. Hemingway provides the audience with a typical stereotype that was common with in the time period. Through the voice of narration he proves that the women have little say in a relationship. Earnest Hemingway compares the man and girl’s unborn child to white elephants; it is pleasant to have, but is an inconvenience to an extent. Though the girl would like to keep the child she knows she can not for fear the man might leave her. Ernest Hemingway made it clear that the man is much older than the girl. The girl depends on the man. The man knows how to speak Spanish and the girl asks the man about what drinks they should order. She is young and naive and he is older and experienced. The girl looks to the man for guidance. The man is encouraging the girl to get an abortion. He is trying to convince her that the operation will make things go back to the way they were. She tells him she will do it because she doesn’t care about herself. Through this line we see that she wants the child, but has a fear of losing the man. The girl realizes that if she chooses to keep the child he will probably leave her. During this time period being a single mother was unacceptable and looked down upon. The girl would have to face the harsh reality of society if she chooses to keep the child. The man would have left her and she would have to support a child on her own. She loves the man and choose not to keep the child because she feels then the man will love her. The man believes the abortion is the best thing for them and he reassures her that he already loves her, yet he pressures her into getting an abortion. An operation she clearly does not want. She compares the child to liquorice. Saying, “Everything tastes of liquorice. Especially all the things you’ve waited so long for,

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