On this side there was no shade and no trees, (Hemingway 8) which clearly clashes with the fertile description of the opposite side, described as fields of grain and trees along the banks of the Ebro.
In the story, "Hills like White Elephants" written by Ernest Hemingway, the main character Jig faces a life changing event, abortion.
He wants what's best for Jig but he is being selfish with the words he says.
Jig is rather upset at her companion for being naïve about the abortion.
Jig is a sarcastic yet reserved woman, who desires to bring a new life into the world, even if her companion does not approve; she knows what is best. Especially all the things you've waited so long for, like absinthe"(188).
Jig can be perceived as sarcastic, which does not express how she is feeling inside about the idea of abortion. The conversation with her companion conveys Jig as being uninterested with her life. "That's all we do, isn't it--look at things and try new drinks? Jigs traits reveal everything she is feeling, especially her desires. Jig wants to move on in life but her companion is fond of their life without any changes.
Jig's inner struggle is mirrored and indirectly shared with us through her contrasting environment and dialogue.
The story introduces itself with the gloomy description The hills across the valley of the Ebro were long and white.
They just let the air in and then it's perfectly natural"(198).
The argument creates a major conflict between the two people.