Hemingway does an extraordinary job with presenting numerous elements of literature in his short story. Hemingway’s story is narrated in third person and is divided into six present time sections with visual flashbacks. The use of these flashbacks in this short story is very important because the reader realizes that the main protagonist and narrator is Harry. Hemingway created a very realistic character named Harry since he was basing this character on himself. Harry lived a full life even though he regrets never writing about the most important things in his life that he had experienced. Harry’s life experiences are expressed through flashbacks as he lies near death on a cot in the African wilds. Harry’s character is expressed through the actions he made towards his wife, his memories of other women, his attitude towards death, and his drinking problems.
The tone is also another major element of literature in this short story. 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 h...
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...embers the boy turning to him and crying because he was being arrested. The reader is informed of some of Harry’s most important life experiences through flashbacks.
The final flashback is more than likely the most important because it is the only flashback that Harry doesn’t mention he failed to write about what happened. Another reason it is important is because it is through the final flashback that the reader senses that Harry can still triumph even though he is facing death. The act of helping someone else, by giving Williamson his last morphine pill, in some ways redeems Harry. Another example of Harry redeeming himself, again despite dying, is his intention to write (mental writing of flashbacks). Harry also redeems himself when he decides not to tell Helen that he never loved her, in essence he is thinking about someone else, just like he did with Williamson.
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