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The Snows of Kilimanjaro Teaching Unit
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- With the possible exception of The Snows of Kilimanjaro, which some readers feel is tedious and lengthy, most students find the short stories in this collection short, simple to understand, and enjoyable to read; consequently, while there is little need for introductory comments, there are a few points worth mentioning that may add to your understanding and enjoyment of these stories.
- Hemingway’s philosophy of life seems to have been influenced by the French existentialist philosophers with whom he was in contact during his years in Paris. To illustrate this, consider one of existentialism’s basic tenets: Because there is no God, there is no absolute meaning to life. This idea is encapsulated in the word “nothingness.” In fact, Jean Paul Sartre, the leading exponent of existentialism entitled his seminal work Being and Nothingness. The existentialists and Hemingway believed that “although life has no meaning man gains dignity by persevering bravely in the face of this nothingness.”
- Hemingway’s heroes are rugged men who live by a rigid code of their own morality. This code of conduct requires them to demonstrate determination, self confidence, and humility even in the face of death or defeat. In fact, as Hemingway puts it, “Man can be destroyed, but not defeated.” Because his protagonists live by this code, they are referred to as “code heroes.”
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.