Hills Like White Elephants Rhetorical Analysis

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In Hills Like White Elephants, Ernest Hemingway writes about a male and female couple having an in depth conversation on rather to have an abortion or not. Specifically, the American in the story does not really care what way his girlfriend decides. Although he keeps on trying to persuade her into getting the abortion, he does not have a clue what she wants. As the author himself self puts it, “if you don’t want to you don’t have to. But I know it’s perfectly simple. (Hemingway)” In sum, then, the issue is she wants to have the baby, but he is telling her that he will be happy with the baby at the same time telling her that they would be happier without the baby. I have mixed feelings. In my view, I believe that if you can lay down with someone…show more content…
More specifically Hashmi argues that even wanting to go through with having an abortion. Will she be able to look at him or feel the same way about him? Hashmi writes, “The conversation between the two seems to indicate that there is little love between them. (Hashmi)” In other words, Hashmi believes that since the man cannot really see how much it means for her to have a baby then he does not care about her, or loves her. At the same time I believe he does care. Like when he tells her she does not have to get the abortion and that he wouldn’t have her do it if she really does not want to. Now, that right there shows he cares about her feelings and he is not forcing her to do anything she does not want to. Common sense seems to dictate that since he is not the one carrying the child he has a funny way of showing and understanding what it is she is going through. More than anything she wants his support to be, yes let’s have this baby. Hemingway agrees when he writes, “And once they take it away, you never get it back. But they haven’t taken it away. We’ll wait and see. (Hemingway)” Basically, Hemingway is telling me that she is thinking about the abortion and at the same time wanting to change her mind. Since they have not given each other a 100 percent yes or no

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