Stuggles of Women from Two Different Points of View

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“Hills like White Elephants” was written by Ernest Hemingway was first published in August of 1927. The other work that I have chosen to compare with the short story is “Black Woman” written by Georgia Douglas Johnson which was first published in 1922 during the Harlem Renaissance. The short story “Hills like Whit Elephants” is about a woman who is pregnant out of wedlock. The man in the story is trying to make her have surgery to remove the child, like an abortion. But the woman is debating about keeping the baby and making their relationship work with the child in their lives. She thinks that maybe having the child will make their relationship stronger. The poem “Black Woman” is depicting a colored woman who is talking to her unborn child that is inside her and begging the child to not be born into this world yet. She is that the world is a terrible place for her to raise the child. The mother’s fears are that the child will be treated very horrible and having to live the life of a colored. She even goes into the poem stating that is going to take the life of her baby and herself, so that she doesn’t have to raise the child in the conditions. Both of these works are similar and yet so different in terms of literature. They are both dealing with the struggles of the woman when they are expecting a child when there is an unstable future. However, I believe that Johnson’s work accurately portrays the struggles of the woman over Hemingway. The first topic that can be brought up is the point of view in Johnson’s poem shows the struggle, pain, and fear more than the woman depicted in the short story by Hemingway. This is also a valid point because the woman in the poem is colored; only adding to the pain that she is feeling towards... ... middle of paper ... ... An example is, ‘‘and we could have all this, she said. And we could have everything and every day we make it more impossible. What did you say? I said we could have everything. We can have everything. No, we can’t. We can have the whole world. No, we can’t. We can go everywhere. No, we can’t. It isn’t ours any more. It’s ours. No, it isn’t. And once they take it away, you never get it back. But they haven’t taken it away. We’ll wait and see.’ (Hemingway). The impact on the reader will be that to them the couple are having issues but can get past them together. Also if they are willing to work together It shows that there is hope for the woman and the baby to be together and raised as a family. It shows that the man is being selfish in the relationship and they need to work together in order to overcome the huge obstacle that they are facing in their relationship.
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