Early objections to this story also cited the fact that there are no traditional characterizations. This could also be a metaphor for the baby she is thinking about having, or for her hopes that the man would be more open to having a baby, and instead he lets Jig down by advocating for the abortion. The light may be harsh then, but avoiding the light as the man and girl do is portrayed as destructive. The barrenness of the land refers the tame life—settling down and having the responsibilities of parenthood—that they would have to start living when the baby came; a life that would be duller but would have a purpose. Hemingway married his fourth and final wife, Mary Hemingway, in 1946, and the couple spent the next fourteen years in Cuba. She knows that no matter what choice she makes, her relationship with the American man can never go back to the way it was.
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. Upper Saddle River: Prentice, 1996. Then, such authors as Dickens or Trollope would often address their readers directly. While most critics have espoused relatively straightforward interpretations of the dialogue, a few have argued for alternate scenarios. He wants them to be together and travel as they have been doing, but she knows that it is much more complicated than that no matter what decision she makes.
Hemingway explores older men's loneliness by using the older waiter as a sounding board for the elderly man's defense. She also seems to have to talk herself into accepting that she will do the procedure, rather than making the choice willingly. A wide river runs lazily in the foreground of some tall mountains. He has a drink at the bar and comes back to Jig. There is no universal consensus because of the nature of the story; the reader is simply not given much information. This story explores the themes of choices, breakdowns in communication, and gender roles. As they sit in the station, they order two beers and the girl gazes at a line of distant hills.
The beauty of the hills represents their happiness, and she knows they will never have that back - not fully. The man does not respond but looks at their luggage, which is stamped with all sorts of stickers from their stays in various hotels. She wants to know if this will solve their problems, and get their relationship back on track. Jig is hesitant, but seems to acquiesce because she wants to make him happy. In a moment of desperation, faced with the impossibility of their talking, the man moves the luggage to the other side of the station.
Though the immediate problem is the unwanted pregnancy, the experience has revealed that the relationship is a shallow one. The story opens—surprise, surprise—with a description of some white hills. This short story basically consists of a dialogue between a man and a woman. The man wants to have the abortion so they can continue to have the luxuries they enjoy now. A white elephant gift is an outrageously ugly gift that is often given in jest, that no one really wants. As the story progresses, the power shifts back and forth in the verbal tug-of-war, and at the end, though it is a topic of fierce debate among Hemingway scholars, it seems that Jig has both gained the upper hand and made her decision.
The man, who speaks Spanish while the girl does not, orders two beers from the Spanish waitress, who is referred to as the woman. The woman appears from the bar to let the couple know that their train will be arriving in five minutes, which the man translates for the girl. Problem 1 If Jig has the abortion, she and the American man will go back to their carefree lifestyle, but something will be broken between them. When it was written, authors were expected to guide readers through a story. To the man the pregnancy is something they can leave behind them, like a piece of extra baggage in their many travels.
A Spanish woman, a waitress, comes in and out of the bar through a beaded curtain bringing the two beer and anise. For students, abortion has been legal for their entire lives. The two decide to try a new drink, the anis del toro, with water. We have no clear ideas about the nature of the discussion abortion , and yet the dialogue does convey everything that we conclude about the characters. In the storyboard, an example of each conflict should be visually represented, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of conflict. His opinion carries a lot of weight for Jig, so her choice is being influenced strongly by him.
The story is about a conversation between a man and girl who are waiting for a train in Spain. When I found out the meaning I was blown away. Have students analyze the dilemma the Jig is facing as they read and speculate on the potential outcomes of the her choice. Afterward, he lived in Ontario and Chicago, where he met his first wife Hadley Richardson. In her interactions with the man she is generally younger and more hopeful; in turn, her perspective on her pregnancy is one of opportunity, a chance to transform her relationship with the man. They both bring up people they know who have had the operation and gone back to being happy.
Bead Curtain The bead curtain becomes a part of the story as well. The scene opens on a railway station in Spain where the Barcelona-to-Madrid express is expected in 40 minutes. The painting advertises a liquor called Anis del Toro, which they decide to try. Jig gets up and walks to look out at the mountains again. With or without the abortion, things will never be the same. The girl is hurt by the man's fraudulent, patronizing empathy, and she is also deeply apprehensive about the operation that she will undergo in Madrid. The anti-feminist perspective emphasizes the notion that the man dominates the woman in the story, and she ultimately succumbs to his will by getting the abortion.
The meaning is hidden and has to be deciphered. Teaching about the Abortion Topic in the English Classroom Students will likely have differing viewpoints and feelings about abortions, as it is a very emotionally-charged political issue. Even today, most readers are still puzzled by the story. At this point the girl asks the man to do her a favor, to which he instantly agrees. It is a wonder that this story was published at all. Drinks The drinks are a distraction for Jig and the American man. She repeatedly asks whether he will love her if she does what he wants.