Infectious Death Through Lack of Living in The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

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Infectious Death Through Lack of Living in The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

The short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway gives a look into the life of a man facing death in the African savannah as a result of an infection. Exotic locales and predominate dialogue are common in Hemingway’s writings and are evident in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” as well. “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway portrays the theme of death by use of specific narration, the protagonist’s, Harry’s, attitude, and symbolism.
Throughout “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” Hemingway uses the narration device of the flashback to provide a contrast to Harry’s present state and his life. The present state narration is composed mostly of
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He gave up that lifestyle in favor of one revolving around hunting and traveling, and not only changed his activities but his thinking process as well. His alcoholic drink will dull his senses in the time of his death and had this been earlier in his life he would soak up the value of his emotion at this pivotal part of life. This also shows a form of regret Harry holds onto. His exit from his poetic, artistic life into one of alcohol and hunting is somewhat missed at the end of his life. “I’m full of poetry now. Rot and Poetry” (260). He is filled with emotions, despite the alcohol, and regrets not having written about them earlier. “[H] e would never write that, now, either. . . although it was well worth writing” (262). In the beginning of the story Harry said he would have liked to write about more things when he was younger but wanted to have the experience and knowledge before he wrote. His regret lies in the fact that it is now to late. In Harry’s death we see the common emotions of regret and bravery, which both add to Hemingway’s theme of death.
Hemingway’s usage of symbolism in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” further propel the theme of death. Animal symbolism is commonly used throughout the story from the very first lines. The two animals that symbolize Harry’s life are the leopard and the hyena. The leopard is seen as the type of person Harry wants to be and the hyena symbolizes the type of person Harry, over the years, has become. The hyena is a

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