Analysis Of Hemingway 's ' Hills Like White Elephants ' Essay

1940 Words Nov 7th, 2016 8 Pages
Hemingway’s ‘Hills Like White Elephants’ implicitly alludes to a difficult decision ahead of a man and a woman who have just discovered that they are about to have a baby. Hemingway uses this dominant theme of the story and juxtaposes it against a setting that provides greater depth to the dilemma that the main characters of the story are facing. The setting – the hills that appear like the skin of white elephants, highlights the tension between Jig’s desire to have a baby, and the man’s clear preference of having things just as they were. Jig’s discourse and her desire to be in control of her own life and the life of her unborn baby is critical in understanding Hemingway’s idea of free will; also critical is Hemingway’s use of the setting and the characterization, which allows the reader to understand the real tension in the discourse through symbolism.
The proponents of the right to abortion have long used the idea of free will as the central theme for their arguments. A woman should have the right to choose what happens to her body, and whether she wants to have a child or not. Since the birth of a baby affects a woman on more levels than a man, the decision to abort is primarily considered to be a woman’s prerogative (Menon 115). In ‘Hills Like White Elephants’, there appears to be an illusion of free will. The tension between the man and the woman, and the man’s rejection of the woman’s emotional language to an issue that clearly means more to her than to him, fades…

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