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Commentary On "Hills Like White Elephants," By Ernest Heminway

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In "Hills Like White Elephants," by Ernest Heminway it is easy to sympathize with the woman, to like and admire her more than the man in the short story. In the story the woman's name is "Jig," and the man is being called "the American." Throughout the story Hemingway makes it easier to sympathize with and easier to admire Jig by conveying her likeable traits throughout the conversation being held by her and the American, who is portrayed as very unlikeable.

In Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants," the story starts with a scene that opens on a railway station in Spain where the Barcelona-to-Madrid express is. The American and Jig, his girl, sit at a table drinking ...view middle of the document...

Jig in the Hemingway's short Story "Hills Like White Elephants," is characterized to be easier to sympathize with and to able to admire her more than the man in the short story. Jig's mind, hoever, in the story appers to be divided at first. She is so accustomed to following the lead of the American ,but in the situation that she finds herself in she is uncomfortable with the direction he wants her to take. Since Jig has spent so much time following others and not making decisions, she does not know her own mind what she really wants to do, but it is easy to realize that after a while she does not want to have the abortion but is being forced into it by the American who tells her,"I know you wouldn't mid it, Jig." Jig does not know how to articulate it to the American that she does not want the abortion because she does not want to mess up the relationship she just wants to make him happy. Jig also in the story that makes her more easy to sympathize with is that when she does not know how to articulate to the American on what she wants she is very sarcastic and or even silent. This shows that he is being controlled by the man and that she has had no say in anything. But later on in the story starts to speak up for herself which makes her very likeable because she is not conforming or taking all the bashing the American is giving her. Jig starts to even deny that the hills looked like white elephants conveying that she is changing her mind and that she wants the child and does not want to conform to the Americans decision of having an abortion.

In "Hills Like White Elephants," by Hemingway the American in the story is very unlikable. He is a typical male who is nothing but selfish and cares about nobody but himself. Hemingway does not give us any details about the man besides the fact that he is an American and he is with this girl named Jig. With the American having no name he is just another...

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