Paper On Hills Like White Elephants

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Hills Like White Elephants: Lyrical Analysis"The Freshmen" By The Verve PipeIn "The Freshmen" by The Verve Pipe it deals with abortion and the reality of life. When the unexpected scenario of having a child comes about, ones reaction can come off the wrong way and that is what often happens. This song represents the story "Hills like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemmingway. The lyrical analysis will consist of two paragraphs talking about abortion and a relationship while it is being contemplated.Abortion is a very complicated and confusing situation that Jig and her American boyfriend have to figure out. "The Freshmen" by The Verve Pipe also deals with a similar situation. The baby in both song and story represent a white elephant. A white elephant is something that is luxury and looks great but no one wants it because it will cause to much trouble. Both couples are trying to choose to between an abortion or not and both males are strongly against having a baby. They think that it is not their fault and do not want the trouble that comes with a baby. The baby comes responsibility and they are not responsible enough to have a baby. As woman, they have the ultimate power in the decision of abortion. Optimism factors greatly into the both situations as well, the woman think that the baby could fix the problems in their relationships. With a baby there comes a heavy burden on both parents and they are not ready for that in both story and song. Even though this is a heavy burden that the men have to deal with, they try to down play the fact of a child, by saying it was not their fault. The baby represents innocence and both couples cannot see that. In the song and story both couples picture life in different ways. Life will be paradise after the baby on both sides of the spectrum. Abortion will set the men free and avoiding abortion will make the women happy. All of this connects to the song and story chosen.The relationships carried on in both "The Freshmen" and "Hills Like White Elephants" have one dominate force on what is the right decision for the baby. This dominant force in the relationship would be the male. There is a power struggle throughout both story and song. The women have the baby but the man wants control over it. Both women want a happy ending. That will not happen as the males think they are children and can take control over them. However, they are not completely ignorant, so they stick up for themselves. They are hopefully devoted to the guys but they do not deserve it. In the chorus of the song I see that that the man does not believe it was his fault that they created a baby. This is similar to the book, as both men do not see the problem but really its them. They have only themselves thought in mind. Furthermore, at the start of the song the man is guilt stricken over getting is girlfriend pregnant but then he thinks it through and does not believe he caused the baby. Thus, the story shows the man try to comfort his girlfriend and think the process of having a baby through but in the end he does not care. He uses that to try and convince her not to have the baby when everything is a lie. The men want control over the baby but do not know how to grasp it. The women have the ultimate control over the baby. This baby is what makes their relationships so problematic. So, all of this connects between the song and story chosen.As the "The Freshmen" and "Hills Like White Elephants" go on you see the hardships in life some people have to go through. Abortion is one of them. Both couples have struggles with having an abortion or not and this brings out the worst in both woman and man. This causes a problematic relationship that is very confusing, as they fight for ultimate power over the baby. In the two paragraphs above it outlines the problems with an abortion and the relationship between the two couples in both "The Freshmen" and "Hills Like White Elephants". Most relationships have problems but when life and death comes in to play that is when a relationship is defined.By,Theo Dol


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