Hills Like White Elephant

Hills Like White Elephant

  • Submitted By: sarahi
  • Date Submitted: 02/15/2016 4:41 PM
  • Category: English
  • Words: 614
  • Page: 3


Can you imagine a woman living in a society where her values and rights where forbidden? Or livings in a society where a single mom was target with major prejudices? After reading “Hills like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway I have reinforced the hostility life of the women of the 18th and 19th centuries, where women weren’t recognized as an intellectual human being, capable to pursue an education. Therefore, many women of that period faced an uncertain future, as well seeing their life attach to a man to provide their needs, where marrying was the only choice in society for a women of that time to be recognized just as a housewife’s. But certainly society has changed for good, allowing women to fulfill their dreams, giving them the right tools to achieve an education as well to be independent able to pursue their dreams. As a result; our new society has changed drastically offering women the tools to be part of the social elite.
In this short narrative Ernest Hemingway chooses two main characters the powerful old man “The American” and the insecure and hopeless young girl “Jig.” The main episode takes place in a train station showing the readers how a big decision can dramatically changes the path of two people. Ironically showing how this old man persuade this young girl to have an abortion, when says, “It’s really an awfully simple operation, Jig,’ the man said. “It’s not really an operation at all.” (Hemingway 275).
How this old man cans tell this young girl about love and promises, when he is only trying to convince her to do something that can harm her own life? Ironically using false promises knowing that he just wanted to be free without any ties? But the young girl acts like she depends economically and sentimentally on him. Perhaps she knew he was her only choice in life, therefore; she may doubt about his promises after having the abortion, but she didn’t have a better choice at that time. This passages shows reader that women...

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