The Hemingway Bibliography


Archetypal Figures in "The Snows of Kilimanjaro": Hemingway on Flight and Hospitality

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Anderson, David L. Archetypal Figures in ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’: Hemingway on Flight and Hospitality. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 2019.


Drawing on Karl Jung’s theories, Anderson analyzes the guest/host relationship and flight elements permeating Harry’s italicized memories, reading them as a continuation of universal archetypal plots used by other canonical authors familiar to Hemingway such as Jack London, Joseph Conrad, and Victor Hugo. Traces Hemingway’s use of hospitality and related man-on-trail (i.e. the individual pursued by death and in need of aid) plots throughout his oeuvre, devoting his greatest attention to key symbols and scenes from “Snows,” including the leopard carcass, mountain, and Harry’s death flight. Concludes that a close analysis of the italicized segments confirms Harry’s redemption as both artist and man. Includes a chronology of Harry’s life, endnotes, and index.



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