The Snows Of Kilimanjaro Short Story Analysis

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“The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, is a well-known short story written by the famous Ernest Hemingway himself. This short story was first published in Esquire magazine in 1936 and it was republished in The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories in 1938. Hemingway includes many elements of literature that are very important throughout his short story. Flashback, foreshadowing, symbolism, and imagery are all elements that are used throughout “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”. All of these elements support a very important part of the story, which is the theme. In “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, the theme includes regret, conflict, and death. Hemingway does an extraordinary job with presenting numerous elements of literature in his short story. Hemingway’s…show more content…
Although the main part of the story takes on a regretful tone, in the final passage where Harry believes he is flying over the “House of God” or Kilimanjaro, there is a sense of hope or a calmness that overcomes Harry. Hemingway uses the animals as foreshadowing devices, as well as symbols to highlight Harry’s death. One of the very first instances of the use of foreshadowing is when the reader is. Hemingway compares the leopard to the fact that Harry never reached the highest peak with his own writing. Hemingway uses many elements of literature such as tone, foreshadowing devices, as well as symbols to stress to the reader that Harry did not live his life to the fullest because he lives in…show more content…
Hemingway uses many flashbacks throughout the story to give the reader a little insight of Harry’s background and life experiences. Most importantly the flashbacks highlight to the reader the incidents that occurred in Harry’s life that he could have written about but never did. Harry chose to never write about his experiences even though he had access to these materials causing him to live a life full of regret. These flashbacks not only give an insight of Harry’s life and the incidents that have occurred, but they also show the internal conflict that Harry is facing, due to the feeling that he had wasted his life by not writing about these
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