At the beginning of the story, it opens up with a paragraph regarding the location of the story, Mount Kilimanjaro during the 1930s. The locals call the western summit, Masai “Ngàje Ngài,” meaning the House of God. As Harry lies on his cot in the snow blanketed summit in the “House of God,” he ponders about his life experiences. Harry is dying from an infection caused gangrene and describes the setting as the final afternoon and night in his second life. Throughout the story, Harry begins to have a series of flashbacks, realizing how he has wasted his talent. In these flashbacks, it takes him back to many different places and times which make the setting somewhat confusing. However, these are only flashbacks; in reality, he is still on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is described that Mount Kilimanjaro experiments with a dying man’s psychology. In this case, this statement is true.
“Kilimankaro is a snow covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and it is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai “Ngàje Ngài,” the house of God. Close to the western summit there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude” (Hemingway 7)
POINT-OF-VIEW (1) Third Person Omniscient
SYMBOLISM: Write down at least one symbol found in the story and explain. (2)
The snow located at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro indicates the fate of the protagonist, Harry. Most people see snow as cold and white, so it…