If she gets the operation, he says, their relationship will be fine again, as it was before. There is a tension between the couple, which is revealed as they drink and discuss an operation that the man seems to be trying to put Jig at ease about having. There were labels on them from all the hotels where they had spent nights. The American and the girl with him sat at a table in the shade, outside the building. They are sitting at a table outside a train station, waiting for a train to Madrid. These may just be material objects, but the allegory, or symbolism, is alive and useful in both history and present day.
She also seems to have to talk herself into accepting that she will do the procedure, rather than making the choice willingly. As the story goes along the female protagonist continually consumes alcohol, although she is presumed pregnant. Jig all of a sudden begins smiling at the barmaid and at the American; she seems to have a new confidence and serenity about her, and the American gives up the argument to take the bags to the other side of the tracks. The reader gets the sense that Jig is unsure about whether or not she wants the abortion, but the man appears to be pushing her into it. It stopped at this junction for two minutes and went to Madrid.
It was very hot and the express from Barcelona would come in forty minutes. Hemingway also uses diction and dialogue in order to enhance the readers understanding of the two main characters in the passage and the story. She's ambivalent about the choice. The whole story is mostly a dialogue between the couple. However, her companion attempted to persuade her in another direction, to proceed with the abortion. The author, Ernest Hemingway gives just enough information by using symbols in the story so the reader can draw a deeper meaning to what is being detailed. The end of the story does not clearly define the outcome of its decision.
They are hiding behind drinks and train schedules, rather than simply having a conversation about what they want to do. I believe this issue is abortion. It is a story about a man and a woman waiting at a train station talking about an issue that they never name. The tale begins outside a small train-stop in the middle of Spain, where a young woman peers into the nearby hills. The short story , is about a young couple and the polemic issue of abortion. The girl, in turn, asks him to stop talking. Was kicking Indians off of their homeland to walk the Trail of Tears right.
The author never names the topic of their discussion but as their dialogue progresses; it becomes evident that Jig is pregnant. The narrative seems to be purely objective, somewhat like a newspaper or journal article, and in true Hemingway form the story ends abruptly, without the couple's conflict clearly being resolved. When the woman serves the couple their drinks, they are not talking. His short, to the point syntax and sentence style plays a great role in helping readers understand the theme of this short story. The man mocks her by telling her everything tastes like candy to her. His analysis is appropriate for this one story but can also be applied to other stories wherein the truth of the tale is not expressed directly Auerbach 3.
Trying to decide on a course of action when faced with an unexpected pregnancy, an American and a girl sit outside a train stop in the dusty part of Spain and drink on it. Psychoanalytic criticism expresses the secret unconscious desires and anxieties of the author. And once they take it away, you never get it back. They are deciding whether or not to make an abortion, which is indirectly implied on the narrative. Letting air inside the uterus was one of the historical ways of terminating a pregnancy.
The man then suggests being there for her, the whole time and that this operation was natural. Through the characters' dialogue in which they avoid a substantial conversation and implicitly state their disappointment in life, Hemingway explores the emptiness generated by pleasure-seeking actions. The bags with all the hotel labels on them are symbolic of his vivacious spirit. They both bring up people they know who have had the operation and gone back to being happy. It is a wonder that this story was published at all.
She must decide whether to change their lives completely by having a child, or to try to put things back to the way they were, even though they never will be again. Coming back, he walked through the barroom, where people waiting for the train were drinking… He went out through the bead curtain. The girl mentioned how the hills look like white elephants, yet changes her mind about the statement, and says how it does not truly look like elephants after all 276. Jig wonders if being a parent means anything to him. What makes a decision a right one. Bringing a new life into the world is a long time commitment and it is something Jig feels she can treasure forever.