When I read "Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat", I understood that she was having an abortion, but when I read the second story I had no idea what was going on. Through researching on the internet I found that they were discussing Jig having an abortion and the clue to this was when the American said, "They just let the air in and it's all perfectly natural." I still do not understand how this was supposed to be a clue to abortion.
I believe the white elephants could symbolize there relationship. The story says "They (the hills) were white in the sun and the country was brown and dry." He is the American white man, and she is the Spanish girl. Just as the hills over power or stand above the rest of the country, the man is trying to get her to decide to have the operation. I also believe the white elephants could symbolize that she is seeing him for who he is. The meaning of white elephant is you get something less than what you thought. While they were free and having fun it was all O.K., but now that there is a baby he has changed. The beaded curtain in this story symbolizes that her mind keeps changing she is confused, as the curtain sways back and forth. The curtain symbolizes that she is hiding her feelings or is trying to find an answer. The exposition of this story is the dialogue working up to when they start discussing the surgery. I believe their conversation about the surgery is the climax of the story, they start arguing back and forth. I believe the denouement is the end of the story, she says she feels fine, and there is nothing wrong with her. This statement leaves me wondering did she decide she was at peace with the fact she was pregnant and would not have the abortion or was she still considering.
The beginning of the story, "Black man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat", begins but putting us in the setting. It is August third, one hour before dawn, and there is a heat wave. The story starts at a trailer park next to a...
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