The Importance Of Abortion In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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When, if ever is it right to terminate a pregnancy? These are some of the moral dilemmas that we are faced when dealing with the issue of abortion: the ethical principles towards abortion and the removal of pregnancies. Abortion is the extinction of a pregnancy and ejection of a seed or of a fetus. In the United States, abortions are an exceedingly controversial matter in our society. In this paper, I will discuss how the author Ernest Hemingway addresses the concern of abortion through a woman 's eye and how this issue is still relevant. As you are first reading, "Hills like White Elephants" it takes place in the mid-1920s and begins with a man and a woman who sit in a bar by a train station in northern Spain, making small talk. In general, …show more content…
As of this year, there are over three thousand abortions per day and the issue on whether to allow it or not has constantly been arguing over the past decade. During the 1920s abortions were looked down upon on because of social reasons, However, In recent debates, pro-life supporters usually find the procedure to be immoral in ways such as religious, medical, etc. nevertheless regardless of the concerns that others may have we have to always remember the woman 's opinion in this situation. Women today still struggle with expectations of compliance with society 's demands even with years of struggle to become powers in industry, politics and the workforce. A more specific role of a woman would the right for a woman to own her own body. Jig clearly is torn, but the American boyfriend seems to have made the decision for her about the operation. He is responsible, at least in part, for the life growing inside of her, yet he wants to decide for her that she will abort the baby. For example, Several times the man mentions the simplicity involved in the operation to force Jig into having such a risky procedure, “It’s really a simple operation, Jig. It is really not anything. It’s just to let the air in”.(Hemingway) Ernest Hemingway was a young man when he wrote this story, and empathized with women’s plight in a time when women were confined to traditional

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