“The Love of My Life,” by T.C. Boyle, tells a love story about a teen couple who has to go on separate ways to attend college. Earlier, they go on a camping trip and have unprotected sex. China finds out she is pregnant and tells Jeremy about it. Jeremy tells China to terminate her pregnancy, but China refuses to see a doctor and lets her pregnancy advance. She ends having her baby in a motel room without any medical assistance; just with Jeremy’s help she delivers her baby. The couple decides to dump the baby in a dumpster, and later they get arrested for their crime.
“The Hills as White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway, tells a story about a couple who are expecting a baby, but want to have an abortion. The setting of the story takes places at a bar situated across of a train station in Madrid, Spain. The couple sits by the bar, and order some drinks. They began discussing about whether or not having the abortion. While they wait for the train the man convince the girl. Within the two works there are many similarities but also differences between the central idea, conflict and the language devices.
T.C. Boyle uses immorality as a central idea to tell the story. Jeremy tells China to end her pregnancy: ‘“You have to get rid of it…go to a clinic’, he told her” (). Here one sees that Jeremy is not a responsible person.
Hemingway also uses immorality as the central idea. The American is trying to convince the girl to abort: ‘“I have known lots of people that have done it…. ‘But if I do it, then it will be nice again if I say things are like white elephants…‘I’ll love it” I just cannot think about it” (596,597). Here one sees how the man manipulates the girl.
T. C. Boyle and Hemingway use immorality as their central idea. Jeremy does not believe he is a criminal: “That thing in the dumpster— and him refused to call it human…‘I did not do anything wrong.” (91). Jeremy cannot see the baby as a human being. Hemingway also uses immorality as the central idea for his story. The American sees abortion as a regular thing to do: “It’s really not anything. It’s just to let the air in” (596). One, can see that there are no remorse on the man’s words. Both authors expressed how their male characters do not show any guilt about their actions; however they do show their difference on age and personality.
T.C. Boyle uses external conflict to tell the story. China does not want to see the baby, she says: ‘“Get rid of it. Just get rid of it.’…he discarded in the dumpster” (86). Jeremy ditches the baby in the dumpster without remorse. The conflict is not resolved. The babies’ life is blown away: “there was no baby” (91). No one can bring the baby’s life back.
Hemingway also uses external conflict to tell the story. The American is been persuasive: “We could have everything…we could get along” (597). The man uses his power of manipulation to convince the girl. The conflict is not resolve. The girl decides to get on that train: ‘“I’d better take the bags over o...