The Decision That Could Have Been, Alcoholism

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Everyday people make decisions that affect their future lives. Do peoplemake the right decisions? What makes a decision a right one? What may be rightto some, may be wrong to others. There are no right or wrong decisions but thosethat people choose and believe to be right varying from each individual. InHemingway's realistic story, Hills Like White Elephants, Jig attempts to make acrucial change in her life by making the right decision, but is unable to because ofher weak characteristic flaws. Jig is indecisive about her decision. Even thoughshe realizes the possibilities, she has difficulties letting go of old habits, has a lowself-esteem that leads to her being submissive, and puts up a ...view middle of the document...

Jig has many characteristics that define her as being a weak character. Dueto her submissive quality, she gives in to her lover regardless her own feelings. Oneof the reasons why she feels the need to make him happy lies in her fear of losinghim. 'And if I do it you'll be happy and things will be like they were and you'lllove me?' Apparently, Jig is willing to sacrifice her own will for his, if it meansmaking him happy. She struggles on a decision between her mind and her heart.Her mind is telling her to keep the baby, but her heart is telling her the opposite-togo through the operation. It is a decision between her love for him and willingnessto make him happy versus her self- interest to make the right decision. Obviously,it is her low self- esteem that gears her towards giving in to him. 'If I do it youwon't ever worry...then I'll do it because I don't care about me.' This quotes clearlyshows how she is passive and submissive. Her weak flaw lies in the fact that shedoesn't consider her feelings in her decision makings. She pocesses qualities thatmake her a feeble character incapable of changing and making decisions that makeher an unreliable and unwillful character.Another weak flaw is seen through her inability to speak out against herlover. It's as if she tries to avoid any quarrels from occurring. She uses sarcasticmeans to hide her true feelings about the issue. This is her only way of showingdisagreements towards him. Either she is afraid to speak out her real emotions orshe is being too tolerant and considerate towards him. When he tells Jig that he'sknown people who have gone through with it before, she comments,...

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