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Compare And Contrast: Marital And Romantic Relationships

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Relationships in a marriage have always been complicated. Every new stage in family life brings up many challenges. Different people with different personalities deal with these challenges in their own way.
Two different couples from ”To Room Nineteen” by Doris Lessing and ”Hills like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway face their problems in a quite contrasting way. Lessing’s couple is a very traditional family. Their marriage started on a very positive note. They got married in their late twenties and had four children. As a family they proved themselves when it came to love, respect and trust. Hemingway’s couple, on the other hand, was a young family that didn’t have ...view middle of the document...

In her vision, it was probably very right thing to do. She rented a room in the city where she could be alone with her thoughts. Instead of getting closer to her family “…when they were really married” (The Norton Anthology, 884), she isolated herself from her family, from her problems. Eventually, it became a daily habit. What happened to the commitment and trust in this relationship?
Hemingway’s story setting proves to readers that this couple has no romance in their relationship. His male character expresses lack of enthusiasm in becoming a father; not to mention, raising a child “…I don’t want anybody but you. I don’t want anyone else. And I know it’s perfectly simple” (The Norton Anthology, 664). To him this is not an opportunity that may come only once in a life time, but a threat to his freedom that he is not ready to forfeit. He believes that the pregnancy is “…the only thing that bothers us. The only thing that makes us unhappy” (The Norton Anthology, 663). Surprisingly to readers, Jig agrees to his pressure. She feels...

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