Everyday people make decisions that affect their future lives. Do people
make the right decisions? What makes a decision a right one? What may be right
to some, may be wrong to others. There are no right or wrong decisions but those
that people choose and believe to be right varying from each individual. In
Hemingway's realistic story, Hills Like White Elephants, Jig attempts to make a
crucial change in her life by making the right decision, but is unable to because of
her weak characteristic flaws. Jig is indecisive about her decision. Even though
she realizes the possibilities, she has difficulties letting go of old habits, has a low
self-esteem that leads to her being submissive, and puts up a frail fight by hiding
her feelings behind her sarcastic comments.
Jig faces an immense decision that will change her future. She must choose
between the old and the new lifestyle.
It is hard for her to let go of old habits that
consists of taking no responsibility and the sole intention of seeking pleasure. She
must go from a young worriedless rebel to a stable adult taking responsibility. It's
a hard process since there are three steps to changing: realization, doing the deed,
and committing to the change. She definitely realizes she needs to change, but only
goes that far. She does walk to the end of the station and looks upon the fertile side
of the valley and comments 'and we could have all this,' but she continues
drinking when she knows well that she carries a child in her womb. She even says
the alcohol tastes like licorice, that everything tastes the same, and she's getting
tired of her same old life. Surely, she must know the possible damage she can cause
the baby to...