The Snows Of Kilimanjaro By Ernest Hemingway Essay

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The story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway opens with a paragraph about Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in the entire continent of Africa. Also called the “House of God”, Kilimanjaro displays a frozen carcass of a leopard near the peak to warn away people from continuing at this high altitude. In most civilizations, God 's promise of immortality resides on the highest mountain top, such as Mount Olympus for the Greeks. If the leopard was searching for some sort of immortality, then it definitely found it at the summit of Kilimanjaro, where it lies, frozen for all eternity. At the beginning, we are introduced to a writer dying of infection, named Harry and a woman named Helen, who is with him on a safari in Africa. The two are stranded in the camp, due to their truck 's engine burning out. Harry 's illness makes him irritable and he speaks about his impending death in a very sarcastic way, making Helen upset. He fights with her over whether or not he should drink a whiskey and soda or whether she should read to him. It is obvious that Helen is concerned for Harry’s welfare. At this point, Harry is in denial about his infection and is taking his anger about dying out on Helen.
When Harry looks at Mount Kilimanjaro, he sees it as a symbol of truth, idealism, and purity. However, his death ironically opposes all of these things. While the leopard dies in a high, clean, well-lighted place, Harry, in contrast, dies rotting and stinking on the plains,…

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