In "Hills Like White Elephants," does the sympathy of the author lie more with one character than with the other? The point of view is objective in "Hills like White Elephants."

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The narrator conveys more sympathy for Jig, the woman, than for the man. Jig wants to give birth to the "elephant" in the room, which is her unborn child. She has made this clear to her partner but he just doesn't want to hear it. He comes across as bullying, selfish, and insincere in the way he insists he wants whatever she wants, but then persists in pushing for an abortion.

The genius of the story lies in the way Hemingway uses dialogue alone to communicate this. The narrator never intrudes to tell us what the man is like, but lets his words reveal his character. He simply won't take no for an answer. He hangs on to the myth that everything will go back to the way it was before if Jig simply gives into his will.

Jig responds to his insincerity with sarcasm. When he tells her...

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