What is the character Jig like in Ernest Hemingway's short story, "Hills Like White Elephants"?

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"Jig" is the name given to the girl in Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants." The American, her lover, calls her that toward the beginning of the story, but Hemingway refers to her as "the girl." This infantile designation fits with Jig's generally uncertain, insecure, anxious, dependent personality.

Hemingway is notorious for writing passive female characters, and while Jig is more nuanced than many of the author's heroines, she's still dependent on her male lover. She agonizes over whether or not to have an abortion and worries about the state of her relationship with the American. Through her questions and...

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