Hills Like White Elephants Essay

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Is it White or Black? Everyone has their own ways of seeing things. Some see the glass half empty, while others see the glass half full. Differing points of view are just an everyday fact of life. In the short story “Hills like White Elephants”, Earnest Hemingway contrasts the points of view of two characters of differing gender through opposing opinions about the way one should live their life. Hemingway sets this up by pairing a man and woman together who are pregnant, and he starts showing their different opinions, when the woman makes the comment that the hills she is looking appear like white elephants on the first page of the story. (212) He then responded by saying “I’ve never seen one.” The woman snapped back, “No you wouldn’t have.” Afterwards he snaps back and says, “I might have,” the man said. “Just because you say I wouldn’t have doesn’t prove anything.” (212) Already in this short story, from this dialogue alone, it Is apparent that they have different ideas about different things. The man shows that he really doesn’t want to see things in the eyes of the woman.…show more content…
When the woman remarks "And we could have all this. And we could have everything and everyday we make it more impossible.", the man continually tells her that they can everything. When he says this, she says that they can't, and that it isn't theirs anymore. Then she says that once they (referring to the doctors) take it away, that they can never get it back. She seems to really want to have this baby, while the man doesn't think that all this is a big deal. The man thinks that it is really no trouble to go through with the abortion, but obviously it is already having emotional effects on the girl. He doesn't even take the time to see things from her point of view, he just wants this abortion so that he can run around the country like he has always done in the past, where she would rather settle down a little
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