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During the 1920s women were not regarded as being equal their male counterparts Their duty was mainly to manage the home and they did not typically have a big voice in society compared to the influence of the predominate male sex Ernest Hemingway a well-known author of the time wrote stories that reflect this societal view of women His short story Hills Like White Elephants applies the concept of males being the superior gender to a couples relationship by depicting an account of a man who dominates his female lover Hemingways careful selection of the titles of the characters connotes an unbalanced relationship The American male is called a man for the power and influence he has over his lover Though she is actually an adult Jig is described as a girl while the only other female character in the story the bartender is referred to as a woman The manner in which these three characters names are used is exemplified by The woman brought two glasses of beer and two felt pads She put the felt pads and the beer glasses on the table and looked at the man and the girl 615 The use of the terms man and girl indicates that the two characters do not interact on the same level but not due to a difference in age The mans psychological approach to the topic of the abortion reflects his position of control within the relationship The conversation is in a sense a mind game that he plays with the girl At first he tries to pressure her into thinking how perfectly natural and harmless the operation is and how they will be fine afterward 616 He realizes however when she stands up and walks to the end of the station that he is not getting through to her His approach then turns to a sort of reverse psychology Youve got to realize he said that I dont want you
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