This paper discusses the connection between Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snow of Kilimanjaro” and Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s “Winter Dreams”. The two stories “The Snow of Kilimanjaro” and “Winter Dreams” connect in terms of their autobiographical context, themes and symbols and character behavior. …
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The main characters in the story “The Snow in Kilimanjaro” are Harry and Helen while the minor characters are Compton, Molo and some servants. On the other hand, the characters in the story “Winter Dreams” are; Dexter Green, Judy Jones, Mortimer Jones, T.A. Hedrick, Mrs. Scheerer, Irene Scheerer, Mr. Hart, Devlin and Mr. Sandwood. “The Snow of Kilimanjaro” is based on the life of Harry, and his wife at a time they are in Mount Kilimanjaro for a safari and a considerable part of the story is based on Henry’s past, which is presented in form of flashbacks. Supplementary, “Winter Dreams” is based on the life of Dexter Green a golfer and his endeavors towards elevating his social status and acquiring wealth.
The first connection between the two stories is the presence of an autobiographical context. In “The Snow of Kilimanjaro”, the autobiographical context in the story is seen through the writer, Hemingway’s portrayal of the character, Harry. Firstly, “The Snow of Kilimanjaro” depicts a theme of struggling; as a writer, Hemingway has struggled with insecurities, regret, machismo, and contempt for women (Vogelmann 5). This is similar to Harry who is suffering from real pain caused by gangrene, is regretful and unsatisfied of the choices he made in his life, which is ending, especially marrying Helen because she was rich. Secondly, the story also qualifies as an autobiography since Hemingway is a war veteran who participated in World War I and in the story, Harry is said to have fought in a war against the Germans. For instance, Harry remembered; “the bombing officer had been hit by a stick bomb someone in a German patrol had thrown” (Hemingway 17). Thirdly, the autobiographical context is seen in terms of Harry’s authorship status, which is a reflection of Hemingway.
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