A bearing burned out on their truck, and Harry is talking about the gangrene that has infected his leg when he did not apply iodine after he scratched it. In a series of flashbacks, Harry recalls the mountains of Bulgaria and Constantinople, as well as the suddenly hollow, sick feeling of being alone in Paris. Later, there were Turks, and an American poet talking nonsense about the Dada movement, and headaches and quarrels, and watching people whom he would later write about. As Harry lies on his cot, he is aware that vultures are walking around his makeshift camp, and a hyena lurks in the shadows.
An epigraph at the beginning of the story, before the action is under way, describes the snow-capped mountain, mentioning that the name for its western summit is translated from the local Masai language as the House of God.
Extensive dialogue at the beginning of the story reveals that the speakers, husband and wife, have a combative relationship. Harry has ceased to be in love with Helen, although she adores him. The rub is that the comfortable life that Helen has provided seems to have robbed Harry of the motivation he needs to write.
Harry and Helen have left their superficial rich friends behind in Paris, where they are pursuing their inconsequential lives. Harry toys with idea of writing about the idle rich, viewing himself as a sort of spy in their territory. It is soon revealed that Harry is on his deathbed, suffering from gangrene that is moving rapidly from his lower legs to other parts of his body.
He and Helen, along with their African servant, Molo, are stranded in this remote part of Tanganyika because an inept driver failed to check the oil in their truck, causing it to burn out a bearing and become inoperable. Their only hope now is that a plane will land on their compound and fly Harry to a medical facility.
Harry has gangrene because he ignored a thorn prick to his knee some days earlier. As his wound festered and became swollen, he treated it with a mild solution of carbolic acid, which proved to be too little too late.
Throughout the story, Harry vacillates between consciousness and unconsciousness. His conscious periods become shorter and shorter. Unconsciousness reveries of his past fill his mind and reveal a great deal about his past. The passages during the unconscious state are printed in italics except for the one very near the end in which Harry hallucinates about the plane coming to rescue him.
Before long, she tries to rouse him but cannot. She becomes aware that his breathing has stopped, just as a hyena, a carnivore that feeds on dead animals, howls outside their tent.Audience Reviews for The Snows of Kilimanjaro.
There are no featured reviews for The Snows of Kilimanjaro at this time. Rate it! View All Audience Reviews The %(20). Dec 25, · The Snows of Kilimanjaro Approved | 1h 54min | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 25 December (Mexico) Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro/10(K).
Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Summary and Analysis of "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" Buy Study Guide The story opens with a paragraph about Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which is also called the “House of God.”.
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The Snows of Kilimanjaro Homework Help Questions Name three characteristics of the protagonist in the "Snows of Kilimanjaro". Harry is a writer who lies dying on the African plain of an infected leg. The Snows of Kilimanjaro may refer to: "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (short story), a short story by Ernest Hemingway first published in Esquire in ; The Snows of Kilimanjaro (short story collection), also known as The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, a collection of short stories by Hemingway, published in ;.