Comparison Between Pale Horse, Pale Rider By Katherine Ann Porter And The Snows of Kilimanjaro By Ernest Hemingway

Comparison Between Pale Horse, Pale Rider By Katherine Ann Porter And The Snows of Kilimanjaro By Ernest Hemingway

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Comparison Between Pale Horse, Pale Rider By Katherine Ann Porter And The Snows of Kilimanjaro By Ernest Hemingway

This paper is going to discuss and analyze fully two short American
fiction stories which are 'Pale horse, Pale Rider' by Katherine Ann
Porter and ' The Snows of Kilimanjaro' by Ernest Hemingway. By reading
the bibliographies of both these authors, one finds that Porter and
Hemingway have met in a certain period of their life, where they could
have shared lots of ideas and agreed on lots of different issues.

By the end of reading both stories, one notices that there are lots of
similarities found in both stories. One of the obviously noticed
similarity is the autobiographical elements which has been enriched
and elaborated on by the author's imaginations which makes it have the
reality of actual experience lived. It adds to the feelings of the
authors and the people who lived at that period and faced these kinds
of crisis.

Another similarity is the technique of switching from reality to
delirious dreams/ fantasy/hallucinations and vice versa. For example
in ' Pale horse, pale rider' the reader first sees Miranda in a dream
where she was in her childhood home " How I have loved this house in
the morning before we all awake and tangled together like badly cast
fishing lines…Too many have died in this bed already, there are far
too many ancestral bones propped up on the mantelpieces,… what
accumulation of storied dust never allowed to settle in peace for one
moment." With this wealth of precise, vivid details, the author hints
at important ideas that will be developed more fully and richly later
in the story. In the...


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... he dies from the disease that he caught from
Miranda and not from the war. But Miranda however, survived from the
disease. The other character is Harry who is also physically and
mentally sick. The physical illness of Harry is the gangrene, which
spreads through all of his body, and starting from his legs. It
started in his legs, but Harry seemed to ignore it, which lead to his
death. Harry's mental illness is really obvious in the story. Harry, a
hopeful writer, came to realize in his last moments of life that he
had not accomplished anything in his life. He began to blame others
for the death that was awaiting him and for all the things he never
wrote. Harry shows disappointment of not being able to write by
saying, "he would never write the things that he had saved to write
until he knew enough to write them well."

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