"The Snows of Kilimanjaro" is a good text to use for considering how Hemingway defines masculinity. The places described in the story are largely places lacking women, places where men may prove themselves physically and mentally. Yet the story is ultimately about man's helplessness and powerlessness; as in other Hemingway works written following World War I (for example, The Sun Also Rises), masculinity is not particularly secure, and Hemingway's writing seeks to come to grips with this loss of power and control. Students may want to speculate about Harry's relationship with and attitude toward his wife and other women in his past.
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