THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO & THE WALL

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“The Snows Of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway is about a couple who have gone to Africa but the husband, Harry, gets infected by gangrene on one leg and dies because of it. “The Wall” by Jean-Paul Sartre is about three men who are condemned to death and while two of them are shot, one of them, Pablo, is saved because while trying to have fun with the guards, he gives away the hiding place of a comrade. I would like to show that with death closing in, nothing worries Harry and Pablo as they look back at their life and get ready for their eventual end, which also they stop fearing. In “The Snows Of Kilimanjaro”, Harry gets a small cut one day while trying to shoot and he doesn’t take care of it and slowly it gets infected. His wife, Helen, loves him and tries to make him feel better by going on saying that someone will come to help them, but Harry knows that no one is going to come and he also knows that he is going to die. He tries to tell this to Helen but it hurts her to hear this and she is not ready to believe it. Harry never loved Helen but with death nearing, he realizes how much she loves him and so doesn’t want to have an argument just before he dies. He doesn’t want to eat nor does he want to move his cot at night because he knows that it is useless, but just because of Helen he eats a little. He can feel death around and his only regret was that he couldn’t follow his passion of writing. He even starts drinking alcohol even though he knows that it’s bad at such a time, but he doesn’t stop because he knows that he is anyways going to die but at least the alcohol makes him feel a little better. And so he dies a sad, slow and painless death. “The Wall” shows us three different characters who are all going to die but go through different emotions. Juan, a young boy, doesn’t want to die and he starts to cry and sweat and tremble and starts to talk about
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