Assignments for Wednesday, March 30
Hemingway, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”
I don't really like Hemingway's stories. This story was quite confusing to me. I think the guy died in the end, and I think the whole thing about getting in the plane was his imagination. Kind of like "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge."
It seemed like the story was sort of this guy's reflecting on his life just before he knew he was about to die. He was thinking about all the women he'd had affairs with and been married to, and it sounded like he realized that being rich is pretty boring and that he wanted to write stories about poor people rather than rich people. But that's just a guess.
The only other Hemingway I think I've read is "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," which I also didn't like very much. This whole Americans/Europeans in Africa thing just doesn't work for me. I don't like nature-y stories at all. Hemingway's characters are also pretty despicable. It's hard for me to enjoy a story in which I don't care about the characters at all. But I'm glad we're only doing one Hemingway story.