Hills Like White Elephants

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Hills Like White Elephants A Feminist Perspective By Liane Dinapoli COMP & LIT 2 Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" is set in Spain sometime in the early 1900’s. The story revolves around social issues for men and women at the time. Even though they do not openly discuss it, Hemmingway gives the impression of a couple arguing over what to do about a pregnancy. Their problems, which are never openly acknowledged by Hemmingway, only imply that they are talking about abortion. Because of society’s opinions during this time, the right of women to make such decisions had to conform to what society viewed as a whole. Jig’s situation as a pregnant single woman isn't her only problem. Jig would face a lot of of financial and social issues as an unwed mother as well. Additionally, during this time period, a woman's right to do what she wanted with her own body wasn’t hers. Women didn’t have the rights that they have today. The way it was back then were the men making all the decisions and the women obeying. Jig was manipulated by the American to choose abortion. She found herself in a risky situation. If she had the baby, he might leave her, she would have no way to support herself. Society backed her into a corner because it didn’t support a woman’s right to choose. If this took place today, the effect would have been very different. A single mother like Jig, would have rights to do what she wanted. Raising a child alone isn't as taboo as it was back then. But, she could choose for herself whether she wanted to have an abortion, or if she decided to keep the baby she would have many resources available to her. But this isn’t the case in this story. The American's shows a lack of concern for what she wants. I also get the impression that Jig is insecure about her relationship because she asks, “And if I do it you’ll be happy and
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