Hills Like White Elephants

Literary Analysis Paper from Feminist Perspective

Ernest Hemingway” Hills Like White Elephants”

Seandrea Lewis-Foulks
Professor B. Campbell
South University Online
August 13, 2011

Hills Like White Elephants

This assignment is to be based on a feminist point of view regarding the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway.   This was written during an era of 1920’s perhaps when women didn’t have much say so.   The role the woman or perhaps young girl played in this story is in fact inexperienced and traveling with an American man whom makes all the decisions for her, emotionally, sexually, and financially.   This character Jig is dependent on this man for everything, and has no real identity of her own; she needs his approval for his love for her and consistent validation of their relationship and she is willing to do whatever it is to please him, in spite of her own feelings or fears.   She was living a carefree lifestyle with a man who spoke several languages and provided all her essential needs.

The consequences of this carefree lifestyle and no strings attached relationship was an unwanted pregnancy in the eyes of the American yet; Jig was still sure they could have it all with this unexpected turn in their path of travels.   He manipulated her by saying “I think it’s the best thing to do. But I don’t want you to do it if you don’t really want to”.  

The American has the power because she willingly does what she thinks will make him happy, and no disregard for her own feelings or for her unborn child’s life.   Hemingway used this older man to give this young girl guidance and protection in a father figure way, her age is unknown but she was easily persuaded to do what was best for him and not them as a couple or even a family.   He proclaimed to love her and yet she still questioned that because she asked him “And if I do it you’ll be happy and things will be like they were and you’ll love me? Deep down inside she was scared and...