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Literature often focuses upon the choices people make in important situations and the consequences that follow Hemingways Hills Like White Elephants and Kawabatas First Snow on Fuji both present characters who must make life and death decisions These choices will change their lives forever Most of the decisions we face on a daily basis are relatively insignificant For example we choose between oatmeal and shredded wheat for breakfast or between black and grey socks when getting dressed Occasionally however every individual must make choices that are of great importance and can potentially be life altering These situations can be mind boggling and the individual struggles to choose the best course of action As we go through life we learn through experience to think wisely rather than act impulsively when faced with decisions since one wrong move can result in a lifetime of suffering ltTabgThe characters in Hills Like White Elephants by Hemingway must decide whether or not to abort their unborn child The woman in this story is reluctant to get the abortion done Unlike her lover who is very much in favor of the procedure she is hesitant since she recognizes the magnitude of the decision as well as the consequences that may follow Since she is the one actually carrying the child the decision will most direcly affect her If she goes through with the operation she will have to deal with the physical pain as well as the emotional aspects of killing the fetus within her She understands that perhaps the abortion should not be done yet in the end succumbs to the pressure of her lover and agrees to go through with it In First Snow on Fuji by Kawabata Utako and Jiro must live with the decision that they made years ago Giving up their child was not something this couple wanted to do they were pressured a great deal by society family as well as circumstances
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