"Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemmimgway.

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In the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" written by Ernest Hemingway, the two main characters find themselves in a moral dilemma in Catholic Spain. The girl is pregnant by her significant other the American. The American, who is nameless in this story, prefers the girl to have an abortion but she is not entirely convinced that an abortion would be the correct decision to make concerning the "future" of her child. The story simply illustrates the predicaments that can arise in a relationship.

The story is being told through the conversations between the two main characters, the American and the girl. Conflict is created as the dialogue progresses and as these characters face what most readers believe to be obstacles due to an unexpected pregnancy. The circumstances in the story deteriorate due to the character's inability to convey their differing opinions to each other. The life of the American man was soon to be facing the consequences due to the complications that might arise from starting a family.

He would be losing the freedom that comes with bachelorhood. He would reminiscence the journey with her, the happy times, and coming to realization that he did not want to give up this lifestyle for the responsibilities associated with pregnancy. He deliberately chooses his words in a deceitful manner towards the girl, trying to manipulate her into considering having the abortion and that it is a simple surgery: "It's not really an operation at all" (275). This remark exploits his desperate approach and desire to have control over the final decision of the abortion. It was obvious that the American man used psychological tactics to persuade the girl to have the abortion. He continues to confuse the situation and the conversation by constantly contradicting himself. He attempts to...