In "Hills Like White Elephants," can readers infer anything about the American's reason for wanting Jig to undergo the operation?
can someone infer anything about the American's reason for wanting Jigs to undergo the operation - thanks Joelle
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In “Hills like White Elephants,” the dialogue gradually reveals that Jig is pregnant, carrying the American’s child, a child conceived as they have been travelling around Europe together enjoy a hedonistic life. They are not married, and the American shows no interest in fatherhood or commitment to marriage. He is urging Jig to have an abortion, something that was both illegal and dangerous at that time, minimizing the inherent risk and describing it as a simple operation. His reasons appear to be not wanting the responsibilities of fatherhood (such as paying child support, getting married, getting a regular job) and sees to unborn child simply as an obstacle to life as it was before, a life devoted to travel, parties, alcohol, and commitment-free sexuality.
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