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In Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” and “Soldier’s Home,” women are always seen as inferior to men. “All literature shows us the power of emotion. It is emotion, not reason, that motivates characters in literature.” - Duff Brenna. The emotions of both women in the stories show that they play a very insignificant part in the men’s lives. This quote means that emotions is what makes the character interesting or allows them to make decisions, for instance, in “Hills like White Elephants”; the girl had to make a difficult decision with abortion. The quote is agreeable because it is true that these emotions of the women do express how Hemingway viewed life in a women’s point of view. So, to put it plainly, women had a place in society that wasn't just “dictated” by male prejudice (while it certainly existed); it was dictated by the needs of society. Both Hemingway’s stories support the idea that these women were meant not to question their role.
The short story, “Soldier’s Home” demonstrates that sometimes our emotions are what motivates us to make specific decisions. One wa...

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