Hemingway’s Ethics of Writing: The Ironic Semantics of "Whiteness" in "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"
Looks at Hemingway critique of the arbitrary nature of Western culture’s construction of meaning and symbolic alignment of snow with positive qualities such as whiteness, goodness, and truth. Argues that Hemingway’s use of contrasting images such as whiteness and darkness remind the reader that rarely is truth achieved either in life or in art. Penas Ibáñez concludes that Hemingway is “both a modernist realist questioning the values of his time and an aesthete questioning the values of literary convention. His writing is always and simultaneously ethical and aesthetical, and, maybe for that very reason, it cannot and will not be always ‘politically correct.’”
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