- April 2, 2020
The “White Elephants”
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NameAffiliationDateThe“White Elephants”ErnestHemingway’s story Hillslike White Elephantslooks at a dialogue between a lady and a man where they are trying tofind common ground. In fact, the conversation illustrates somethingunwanted that both parties are trying to get rid of. In this case,Hemingway also refers to the symbol of “white elephants” thatrefer to the common problem that they are trying to solve. Theproblem is more likely an unborn baby that they want yet, both ofthem have concerns about the decision. This essay will prove that the“white elephants” is an unwanted pregnancy that the man intendsto destroy through an abortion while the lady seems reluctant.
The story captures an argument between a man and a lady that areworried about something that they have done. In this case, it seemslike that they are a couple since the man keeps insisting that “we`llbe fine afterward. Just like we were before” (Hemingway, 230). Thestatement shows that they will handle their problems together andthat only happens to a couple that wants to find solutions. Giventhat the two are sharing the blame, it is more likely that theproblem is an unwanted pregnancy. In fact, the man insists that “it`sreally an awfully simple operation, Jig” (Hemingway, 230). Thestatement shows that he is trying to persuade the lady to have anabortion. More importantly, the man is not ready to be a parent, andhe tries to persuade the lady to have the procedure. The operationwill most likely save them from the responsibilities that one needsto undertake. In the process, it is clear that the two have failed tohave a common ground since the lady is also reluctant in goingthrough with the abortion.
A “white elephant” refers to something that tends to have littlevalue to the owner yet, it will still benefit others. From thedialogue, it is clear that the man is adamant and insists that thelady should undergo the abortion. He asserts on going ahead with theprocedure since he does not consider the value of the baby. However,the girl knows the worth of the unborn child, and she is somehowreluctant to undertake the decision. She has the guilt of undertakingsuch an operation and living with the guilt and regret too. Hence,she even asks the man to keep quiet since she does not want anythingto do with the problem. The man senses danger, and he tries to assurethe lady that he will still remain with her despite, the outcome.When the girl asks if things will remain the same after that, the maninsists that “I know we will. You don`t have to be afraid. I`veknown lots of people that have done it” (Hemingway, 230). The boyshows that he will abandon the lady after she has undergone theabortion. The man even reveals that "I think it`s the best thingto do. But I don`t want you to do it if you don`t really want to”(Hemingway, 230). In this case, it seemed like he was forcing thelady to comply with his demands. As a result, he decides to ignorethe previous statements, and he wants the lady to make the finaldecisions. All in all, it seems like the girl intends to keep thebaby regardless of what the man wants.
In conclusion, the author refers to the unborn baby as the “whiteelephant” since the man wants the lady to get rid of the pregnancy.However, they are unable to reach an agreement since the ladyunderstands the worth of the baby, and she wants to keep it. Despitethe man insisting on the operation, the girl is still adamant, andshe does not agree with his decision instead. In the end, the manalso wants her to make the final choice.
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