Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway
Secondly, within the story patriarchal dominance of woman is shown. Jig is in control and holds the power physically, but the american is using her power. In “Hills Like White Elephants,” Jig holds the power because she is physically the one carrying the fetus, so she has the final say if whether or not she will have the abortion. The american can try to have full control all he wants, but Jig is the one who really has the final say in this decision. Jig uses her power when she and the American are talking about the operation. The American tries to gain control in the situation by constantly bringing up the abortion, while Jig tries to ignore the subject by asking him to not talk about it. She asks him, “Can’t we maybe stop talking (Hemingway, 637)?”.
When he then still continues to talk about it, she asks again, “ Would you please please please please please please please stop talking (Hemingway, 638)?” This shows how Jig is getting upset and frustrated by the confusion brought by the man, so she demands that the man should stop talking. She defies the term patriarch as she tells him to stop and she realizes that it isn’t his choice to make when it comes to her unborn child. Even after she asks him twice to stop talking, he still continues going on about the abortion so she finally gains the authority of the situation by threatening the man saying, “I’ll scream (Hemingway, 638)”. Jig threaten to scream in order for the man to stop talking. At this point Jig realized that they are not comfortable conversing over the procedure. This is another instance where Jig acts as a decision maker. Forcing the man to stop talking and threatening him shows a theme of female domination. Instead of listening to the man, she goes against what the american wants, which is for her to have the abortion, but she doesn’t quickly agree with his decision. By standing up for herself and making her own decision shows the power and liberation of women.
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