Hills Like White Elephants
Hills Like White Elephants
by Ernest Hemingway
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Character Role Analysis

The American

Many readers find the American to be the antagonist, and think he’s taking advantage of Jig and trying to manipulate her. But, if he doesn’t want to get married, would it be good for either of them to get married? On the other hand, he seems to have a poor conversation technique, and comes off a bit callous. Do you think he tells Jig he loves her just to try to convince her to have the abortion, or is he sincere? The last words he says about the issue are, "But I don’t want you to. I don’t care anything about it." Does this suggest that he has decided not to press the issue any longer? If so, would he still be an antagonist?

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