Please give a short of psychological profile of The American in "Hills Like White Elephants."

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In Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants," the character the American appears to be an overly selfish person who is used to getting his way without consequences.  Over the course of his conversation with Jig, it becomes apparent that the two are talking about the baby whom they have conceived and whether or not the baby should be aborted.  The American tells Jig that he loves her and that he will support any decision that she makes; however, when she suggests keeping the baby, he tries to convince her otherwise.  He also implicitly threatens to end their relationship if Jig does not comply with his wishes.  The American refuses to even try to understand Jig's position on the issue and is content to simply walk away from what he now sees as a mess.  From this, one might draw the conclusion that the American does not like commitment and prefers to be in control of his own destiny.

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