Abortion In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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Is it ever acceptable to take the life of an innocent child? What if it helps someone escape the negative consequences of his or her actions? The answer depends on how a person views the situation. Just like every other controversial topic, a person’s response is based on his or her perspective. People’s opinions come from their own personal experiences. This makes every story appear differently depending on what a person has been through. Many short stories play with perspective in this way; framing social issues through the lens of various characters in order to intrigue readers. In Ernest Hemingway's short story, “Hills Like White Elephants,” the author uses the abortion to show the two-sided effect it can have on people and society.
Throughout the story, Jig faces several reasons why she thinks the abortion is necessary. She realizes that she has to make the most difficult decision of her life. However, there are many factors during the story that could potentially affect her overall decision. The main factor to making her choice is her unnamed boyfriend. He shows characteristics of being very devious. This is evident in the story when he says, “I think it's the best thing
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This is apparent throughout Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants.” Hemingways uses the social hardship of deciding to abort a child to prove several different things. First, the reader witnesses how the fear of abortion forever alters the life of Jig. Next, one will notice how the abortion puts Jig’s decision making skills to the ultimate test. The most important thing that Hemingway shows throughout the story is that the abortion has both a positive and negative affect on the society. Although, this short story does a phenomenal job at using a social topic to engage the reader. Every reader is going to have his or her own opinion on what should happen or what will happen. What should Jig

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