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Women and Dependence in Literature

            In the past, women have struggled and fought to have independence and rights for themselves. Till this day women are still viewed as disadvantaged and less privileged than men. But women haven't acknowledged that times are still quite the same even though we've sought out for independence and rights, most women can't manage being abandoned. In the short stories, "Hills Like White Elephants" and "The Story of an Hour", both depict how a woman handles abandonment upon men. Although, one woman finds depending on a man dreadful and the other finds it to be the only thing she cares about, eventually being dependent becomes the inevitable altering health and emotion.
             In Hemingway's short story, "Hills Like White Elephants", it tells of a man trying to talk a young girl named Jig into getting an abortion. Jig doesn't really want to have the abortion, she states, "And once they take it away, you never get it back"(226). This shows the reader how indecisive Jig is as far as going through with having the abortion. During the time frame in which the narrator is contemplating with the annihilation of her unborn child, the procedure is not well known and along with her relationship with the man she is in love with is on the line; So is her life. Therefore she is put into a position of being dependent, and allowing someone else to make her happy. Does she go about proving this when she states, "If I do it you'll be happy, and things will be like they were and you'll love me?(225)" Even though she knows she could die, she just wants to feel wanted again. Then, she tells us, "But I don't care about me. And I'll do it and then everything.
             will be fine"(226). The jig is so dependant upon him that she's willing to affect her health and also emotions towards wanting a child. She doesn't know if she'll be happy after having the abortion she could end up distressed, but she is willing to pay that price if there's a possibility of him loving her again.

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