The analysis of the short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway shows that it follows a linear, chronological, plot structure. There are several flashbacks, as the main character looks back on his life.

The main character in the story is Harry, a writer. He appears to be in a conflict with his wife, Helen, but actually his conflict is internal. He regrets not being able to write about the things he witnessed and which he finds important.

The physical setting is Kilimanjaro, Africa. The story takes place during a single day. 

The story is told by a third-person narrator who has access to Harry’s thoughts and feelings, except in the final scene, when the perspective switches to Helen. The narrative often uses the stream of consciousness method. 

The language is formal. The style of language reflects Harry’s worldview. The short story has several important symbols. They foreshadow the main character's death and point to his attitude towards the idea of dying.

You can read a more detailed analysis in the following pages. 


Short story analysis

I denne vejledning får du Studienets hjælp til at analysere noveller (short stories) i engelsk.