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The American, the Girl, the Bartender
It was believed that the story is either pro-feminism or anti-feminism, yet an author spoke of no background for this story, which contains symbolism as the white elephant.
Symbolism, feminism, abortion, role of women, anger, influence, motherhood, love.
The story is short, yet a powerful one and speaks not precisely about abortion per se, but about the importance of noticing the elephant in the room. It speaks about winning an argument that cannot be won since every person will have a certain opinion.
The story revolves around a conversation between an American man and a young girl. They stop at the station that is located in Spain. The girl compares the hills that she sees to the white elephants. It is an allegory of an elephant or a problem that is way too large to be ignored. Jig is pregnant and her man is trying to convince her to make an abortion. The girl prefers getting married and having a baby. It is a dispute that no one wins in the end.
The story does not bring us any suspense as Jig is telling her man to shut up and screams, it is still the dispute and the elephant in the room that is finally noticed. It becomes clear that when two people have the opposite opinions, they cannot live happily.
It is an essay that can be written about the dispute, about women's rights, about morals, social conflict, and human relations. The Hills Like White Elephants is also about making your choices in life and living under pressure.