Ernest Hemingway The Killer Analysis

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The short story of “The Killers” written by Ernest Hemingway in 1927, and published in Scribner’s Magazine the same year is just one piece out of many of the author’s most famous works. Other famous work’s that Hemingway has written include, “Hills Like White Elephants,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” and “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.” According to critics, Hemingway has an affinity for writing about characters that are often, “tough, experienced, and intensive. They are usually defeated men. But from this toughness, insensitivity, and defeat, the characters salvage something” (Werlock). Hemingway further has a fondness in writing about stories with massive amounts of dialogue, which convey social issues and insecurities beneath the surfaces of …show more content…
Hemingway describes Max and Al as, “in their tight overcoats and derby hats they looked like a vaudeville team” (Becnel). The author is suggesting that both Max and Al act like a vaudeville team, which refers to the popular and comedic performances by singers, acrobats, magicians, and dancers at shows during the early to middle 1900’s. Rather than act like real gangsters on a mission, they put on this show for the other characters while they are at Henry’s instead. The use of repetition also conveys how Max and Al are unintelligent by when “the repetitions serve to characterize the two men as unimaginative and barely distinguishable from each other; all either can do is parrot the same phrases the other comes up with” (Hemingway 83). The repetitions between the two characters links them both together without being able to tell a difference about them, and because of how they imitate each other without either one taking a leading role in this massacre of Ole Anderson, suggests that they both are highly unintelligent and not trustworthy to the task that they were sent to do. The author, Ernest Hemingway, uses both a sense of repetition and similarities to portray the killers Al and Max in the short story, “The

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