When Jig notices that the hills “look like white elephants,” she mentions it to the American, therefore starting the conversation with him. Also, Jig notices that the beaded curtain has something written on it, and brings up a conversation about what it said. By bringing up the topics of conversation, Jig is showing that she is assertive and aggressive. It’s also obvious that Jig has the power in the relationship because she doesn’t give in to the pressure from the American to believe that the abortion is simple. Later in the story, the American attempts to give Jig reason to not be afraid by saying, “I’ve known lots of people that have done it” (4).
Cameron Koecher T. Parker ENGL 1302.07 January 18, 2012 Hills Like White Elephants: A Literary Analysis In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, the reader is presented with conversations brimming with strife and moral negligence in the shade of a Spanish bar’s shadow. The couple, a girl named Jig and an unnamed American man, is amidst a heated debate about cleaning up one man’s mess and preserving what remains of a girl’s naïve innocence. The American and Jig are currently at a major junction. Hemmingway ironically places the location of their junction literally at the junction between Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. Despite never having directly said the couple was facing an abortion, Hemingway makes it abundantly clear that they were facing just that.
Symbolism in “Hills Like White Elephants” “Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway is a short story about an American man and a girl named Jig who are confronted with a difficult issue of whether or not terminate a pregnancy. The main tension within this story is that Jig sees the possibility of keeping her child and having a happy life, while the man fails to see the positive possibilities and works to persuade her to go through with the abortion. Hemingway uses symbolism through alcohol, the hills, the white elephants, and the train station to develop the theme of the story. Hemingway’s writing style in this story is well crafted. His simple style and taut dialogue pull readers into the story, and he shares just enough about the couple to keep the readers interested.
However, in the “Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat” there was family and racial pressure to have the abortion, and in the “Hills Like White Elephants” there was only pressure from the man. As a result, the girl in “Hills Like White Elephants” played a greater role in making the decision than the woman in “Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat.” In “Hills Like White Elephants”, the girl and the man subtly discussed an abortion as they drank outside a station and waited for the train. The man was in favor of the abortion, and assured his girlfriend that the operation would be simple and that everything would go back to the way it had been before the pregnancy. He told her that the pregnancy was the only thing that had brought them unhappiness. The girl in this story appears extremely helpless and indecisive.
Justin Simpson Mr. Pikus Summary of scholarly article 3/6/12 Summary of scholarly article Authors often use literary elements to leave the reader questioning the outcome of the story. This applies to Ernest Hemingway’s haunting story “Hills like White Elephants.” Most agree that the relationship between the American and the Jig will eventually deteriorate. Nilofer Hashmi argues in his scholarly article “The Jilting of Jig” that there is another outcome. Hashmi states that “the girl will indeed have the abortion, expecting in this way to stay on the man, but after the operation has been performed, he will abandon her” (Hashmi) Hashmi observes that “various verbal and non-verbal indications found in the story support this interpretation of the narrative, as does the very symbolism of the title itself” (Hashmi) According to Hashmi, it is plausible to believe that there is still some love between the American and Jig. Hashmi notes, “Thus the girl, who now wants more than a relationship based on sex and alcohol, would have no reason to stay on with the man” (Hashmi) But, there are a few details that do not seem to fit into this.
'Hills Like White Elephants' Ernest Hemingway's short story 'Hills Like White Elephants' is a story about a couple who are having some trouble in their relationship. The main characters in the story are an American man and a girl. The whole story is mostly a dialogue between the couple. In this story that takes place in Spain while a man and woman wait for a train. The story is set up as a dialogue between the two, in which the man is trying to convince the woman to do something she is hesitant in doing.
In this way the powerless often wrestle concessions from the powerful. Protests can be violent or peaceful, but either way they are a way to get one’s voice and opinion heard. In an example of this, the hit TV-show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has an episode entitled “Charlie wants an Abortion”, and it goes through the characters (Charlie, Mac, Dennis, and Dee; who are also the producers) opinions and stances on the abortion laws in our country. The episode starts by Charlie having to get a paternity test to prove that he's not the father of his old flame's ill-behaved son, meanwhile, Mac and Dennis feign being against abortion so they can pick up women. The producers don’t directly come out and state their views, but have the characters divide into the two sides of the debate (pro-choice and pro-life) and partake in protests outside of abortion clinics.
Hills like white elephants The short story “Hills like white elephants” takes place in a small river valley in Spain called Ebro. We meet a man and a woman having a odd conversation. We know that the woman’s name is Jig but the man is just referred to as “the American”(page 414, line 3 from the bottom). They are waiting for their train to arrive while they order 2 cold beers. You are told that the two are a couple and during the time at the station they are telling each other how much they love each other.
There are many different points throughout this story where the girl continues to second guess the operation. In the beginning of the story, the girl talks about how the hills off in the distance look like white elephants although the country is brown and dry. At this point, the girl is referring to the “white elephants” as her baby, which the man wants her to abort. Later in the story, the girl states that maybe the hills don’t look like elephants anymore, which simply symbolizes that she is thinking about not having the abortion. The white elephants are a major symbol in this story, symbolizing something that is unwanted.
Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants is a short story revolving around a conversation between an American man, and a woman named Jig. It is apparent that there is tension between the two, as the conversation in the start is short and impersonal. They comment briefly on the hills they are facing, and then the conversation turns towards what is causing the tension between the two. Jig is pregnant, and the America man tries to convince the woman to have an abortion, but only if she wants to. She wonders if this will solve their problems and get the relationship back on track, where he argues that it is on track; but he is just worried about the pregnancy.