Exploring the Dark Side of Human Nature in The Killers Essay

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Exploring the Dark Side of Human Nature in The Killers

Hemingway's "The Killers" illustrates that unexplained violence is an integrated part of society. To acknowledge the cruelties of life is to come to terms with horrifying events that can not be denied. A person may lack the maturity to cope with everyday life if they do not realize that evil can exist in any given society.

The story is told in the objective point-of-view. "Hemingway's approach to his story is different; he approaches it as a journalist approaches a news story, from a focal point somewhere outside of his characters" (Jaffe, 209). The author tells the story only as an observer. He does not tell the reader what the characters are thinking,
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As one re-reads the story, it is evident that Hemingway has chosen this style for a particular reason. Hemingway did not have Ole executed, because in doing so the reader would focus all the attention to his tragic death. The murder does not occur, and the reader is forced to focus on the reaction of Nick, Sam and George, and the nonchalant attitude of "The Killers." "One has to read it two or three times before he realizes that Nick Adams is the central figure" (Walcutt, 305). The story can be broken into four scenes; first, "The Killers" are introduced; second, Nick warns Ole; third, Nick speaks to Mrs. Bell; fourth, Nick returns to the cafe. Nick is the only character present in each scene, and in returning to the cafe his final statement to George is, "'I can't stand to think about him waiting in the room and knowing he's going to get it. It's too damned awful."' George replies, "'You better not think about it'"(Hemingway, 252). It is obvious Nick is unwilling to accept defeat, and give up his delusion of a world without evil. To maintain his delusion, he is willing to escape the reality that is presented to him. "So, of the two boys, it is obviously Nick on whom the impression has been made. George has managed to come to terms with the situation. By this line of reasoning, it is Nick's story" (Brooks, 195). Nick is the only character that evolves; Nick is a round character. The other
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