Essay on Male Motives For Dominant Control

1281 Words Nov 25th, 2014 6 Pages
Male Motives for Dominant Control in Hemingway and Gilman In both the “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, there is an institution of a domineering patriarchal system that is ruling over the women of both stories through their male partners. The male characters in both stories are evidently using their dominance to manipulate the women in way that benefits them only. Using evidence from critic reviews and the text of the stories, it can be proven that both the American and John are consciously condescending their female counterparts in order to reap benefits of their own. Both of these stories are set in the Nineteenth Century where male dominance is a common occurrence in which the feelings or thoughts of the female characters are being withheld by their overpowering male partners. It can be stated that both women are vulnerable to their own male in some way or another. As an example, Jig, in “Hills Like White Elephants” is mentioned in Joseph Urgo’s article mentioning the American’s method of gaining control, which “is based on cultural sources of authority: language, means of exchange, science and reason”(36). In this way, Hemingway begins by portraying Jig as reliant on the American even for something as simple as ordering a drink, because she does not fluently speak Spanish. Therefore the reader continues the story with the sense that Jig is dependent on the American, which is evident by her…

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