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Kaur 1Maninder KaurENGL 1001August 24, 2017The Change and Choices in Two Romantic RelationshipThe two pieces of writing-Doris Lessing’s “To Room Nineteen” and ErnestHemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” describes romantic relationships prominently andare chosen for comparison and contrasting. The similarities between the both stories arehighlighted-Susan and Jig was lonely at heart and wished to make decisions about their lives onbasis of their choices. The similarities in both pieces of writing are about the atrocities afflictedon women by patriarchal society while the contrast is about the circumstances in both the stories.Readers will be able to learn the dominating role of men in romantic relationships.In Hemingway’s story, The American man trying to convince Jig with romantic words,“Well, I care about you... I love you now. You know I love you” (p.644).In Lessing’s story,Susan and Mathew commend themselves on the fact that they are well matched. They feel thatthe reason of this bonding must be their love for each other that holds it all together. “They loveeach other? Well, that was nearest it. If this wasn’t a centre, what was?” (p.865).Both storiesdepict a similar situation when Matthew asked Susan “I’m not putting any sort of pressure onyou. Are things going to go on like this”? (881). Similarly, In Hemingway’s story, The Americanman said to Jig,” I think it’s the best thing to do but I don’t want you to do it if you don’t reallywant to?” (644).The quotes portray vividly that both male partners care about their femalepartners. Moreover, both women are reluctant to discuss the troubling situation confronted by
Kaur 2them; Susan tries to avoid confronting by making ‘vague’ and ‘idiotic’ comments, while Jigrequests her partner to stop talking.In comparison, one significant difference that can be marked in the stories, of course, aretheir circumstances such as in Hemingway’s story, Jig and her partner discussing the abortionand man convinces the woman by saying it’s “Perfectly simple” and everything will be normalafter the abortion. This can be contrasted with the other story- Lessing’s ceases to have a lifebesides her family, while the husband stays more absent from home. Matthew returns home lateafter a party, confessing that he has slept with a girl. This incidence distanced the couple andtheir relationship changed afterward. Susan rents a room in London and tries to find solitude.Susan makes a decision to kill herself in room 19. In Hemingway’s story, Jig portrays dilemmaabout the choice of abortion, when she said, “And if I do it you’ll be happy and things will belike they were and you’ll love me?” (p. 644).This quote vividly reflects Jig’s compulsion tomake the decision of abortion just for the sake of her partner’s love. On contrary, Susan says inLessing’s story, “I’m a different person. I’m simply not myself. I don’t understand it”(p.871).These phrases vividly reflect the sharp contrast of the emotional state of both women towardtheir partners.
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