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Two Sides Of A Coin Essay

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The relation of man and woman is one of the most complex subjects in the world. Nobody can say for sure why a relationship is good, or when a relationship goes badly. “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love” by Raymond Caver and “Hills like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, both of the stories described those complexities in relationships. Though the stories have unique premises, they share more similarities than differences; they are basically two sides of a coin. In both of the stories, men were possessive and demanding, disagreements between the couples were very strong, women were submissive to their men, and the couples were not necessarily in love even though they were living together.
Traditionally men are more aggressive and demanding than women. Thus, it is not uncommon to see in a relationship, men are dominating and possessive on their women. There was no difference we saw in both of the stories. Both of the men in the sorties had typical possessive characteristics. Both of them were trying to push their option on to their partners regardless of they are being right or wrong, or what their partners thinks or wants. In the “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love” story when Terri was trying to say the man she lived with before, Ed, used to love her so much that he died for that love, but his style of love might be different than anybody else. However, in Mel’s view that wasn’t love; he says- “My God, don’t be silly. That’s not love, and you know it. I don’t know what you would call it, but I sure know you wouldn’t call it love”(722). Right through the story Mel consistently insisted that whatever Ed did that was not love; he continues possessing Terri with his opinion. In “Hills like White Elephants”, the man kept pushing his girlfriend to do an operation. The girl did not want to have that operation done which he knows that very well, but he possessed her to have the surgery done. According to that man- “It’s really an awful simple operation, Jig. It’s not an operation at all. I know you would not mind it, Jig. It’s really nothing. It’s just to let the air in”(553). Throughout the story the man possessed her to do that operation.
Being couple argument and disagreement is inhabitable, and one should expect that. Thinking process of a man is different than a woman, and that leads to disagreement which eventually leads to argument. Especially in conjugal life, when couple talks about their very personal subjects or feelings, it is very easy to get into disagreement and that leads to argument. Disagreement between the couples was the strongest theme throughout both of the stories. In both of the stories especially in “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love”, it was shown very clearly that if one person says one thing, other person must disagree or say something opposite. Terri and Mel had disagreement with the definition of love, and if Terri’s former husband loved her or not. According to Terri, “He did love me...

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