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Hills Like White Elephants An Endeavor to JustifyEarnest Hemmingway is one of the greatest American authors to ever live He displays remarkable wit and depth in the short story Hills Like White Elephants Not only does this story incorporate a sophisticated plot it also conveys a different message to everyone who reads it To one reader it may appear as though the story is about a couples struggle to decide to have an abortion Yet to another person the story may just be a simple plot consisting of two people engaging in conversation After reading the story many times and carefully reviewing it I have concluded that it is about a Spanish woman named Jig who is going to have an abortion Now my point of interest is not that she is having an abortion but rather the way she deals with the abortion Jig is struggling with her own mind and values in a dismal attempt to ease her conscienceJig uses her mind both consciously and subconsciously to help her process her decision on the abortion Throughout the story Jig is constantly debating whether or not she is going to have her baby When in reality she knows in her mind that she is going to have the abortion but she does not allow her feelings to show externally She keeps this thought hidden well by vocally expressing opposition to the abortion to her American boyfriend An example of this is when Jig tells the American that the land surrounding them is so pretty and fertile Hemingway 274 By saying that she implies that she is fertile and pregnant and she likes it that way Then ironically enough she contradicts herself and says that the hills which symbolize her baby look like white elephants Hemingway 247 This is a critical statement in understanding that Jig does not want the baby as white elephants are generally something people want to avoid thus implying that she
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