Moral Values In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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Why does mankind give up things they truly desire for someone else? In Ernest Hemingway’s fictional short story “Hills like White Elephants” he demonstrates this through his theme of regret. The story occurs in northern Spain at a junction station for the train in the valley of the Ebro River. An American man and a young girl named Jig walk up to the junction station and sit on the porch. As they sit in wait for the train to arrive, the two order beer and a foreign alcoholic beverage while having a conversation with one another. Their conversation begins with Jig claiming that “...the hills look like white elephants.” (Hemingway p.475). The American man then brings up an operation that Jig is expected to have. He tells her that she will be…show more content…
This plays a large role in fictional short stories, so that the reader can relate to the characters within the text. Mankind usually live by a moral compass which is anything that serves to guide a person’s decisions based on morals or virtues. A moral compass is based strictly on the individual or the community in which they are a part of. Each and every person has their own set of morals in which they live by day to day. Having morals plays an even greater role in society, daily life, and personal decisions made by the person. These could mean honesty when talking to others, being loyal to oneself or a community, or even having the courage to speak one 's mind. Mankind as a whole have community moral compasses that are guided by many of the same morals and/or values. Honesty is a key moral all try to abide by, but lying to someone is one of the easiest morals to break because one is only telling someone what they want to hear. Which is why the man is using dishonesty in the form of lying as a tactic to convince Jig to do what he wants her to with her unborn child. In the story the man constantly reassures Jig that after the operation is completed the relationship that they have will go back to the way it was before she even conceived. He also explains how the operation is very simple and once it is over she will be okay. By him telling Jig these statements he is lying to her which is on the opposite end…show more content…
On average, around 15 million abortions occurred among younger, unmarried women ranging within the childbearing ages of 15-44. In which case, the reader could infer that Jig was among that age range in the text because she was bearing a child. It does not state if the man and Jig were married, but one could infer that they were not married due to the way they were described as young and were traveling instead of settled while Jig was pregnant. This could also infer that Jig became pregnant unexpectedly and very sudden. Becoming pregnant unexpectedly leaves a woman at a higher risk for considering an abortion. The higher risk could be due to her or her partner unready for a child or have an unmet need for contraception. Which could explain why the young couple was highly considering the abortion. Allowing the reader to know this information, it could enlighten them to realize why the man is encouraging Jig to have the abortion at a subtly aggressive extent. He is unready to have the responsibility of a child or a family. In Spain, where the story occurs, abortion is a legal option for women in the first 14 weeks of their pregnancy. This implies that Jig would receive a safe abortion, meaning after receiving the
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