Why Does Jig Smile? Readings of "Hills Like White Elephants"
Research study on the perception and recognition of multiple interpretations of the story’s ambiguous ending by first-time readers. Avitzour finds that “ordinary” readers exposed to scholarly opinion regarding the pregnancy and fate of the couple’s relationship responded differently from those who interpreted the story’s ending on their own. Offers a brief explanation for Jig’s final smile, suggesting that she misled the man about being pregnant to test him and the strength of their relationship.
Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate