Describe the plane scene in the short story, The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

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brandih | eNotes Employee

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It is then morning again, and the pilot, Compton, has arrived to take him to the city and to the doctor. Harry gets in the plane and the pilot, instead of taking him to the city, flies him right by the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro and Harry ‘‘knew that there was where he was going.’’

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Harry went to slumberland and dreamt that a rescue plane had picked him up and was taking him to the snow covered summit of KIlimanjaro, the highest mountain in the whole of Africa continent. During his otherworldly and "out-of-the-world" dreamland adventure, he had seen the legendary snow leopard, the dead and wonderfully preserved creature symbolizes longevity and immortality , a special reward for taking a difficult and tedious journey and had suffered through many setbacks and problems and had become the fruit of his success. Some mystical forces that had been evoked in Harry had drove him to seek out the one, true God and gain immortality away from the ugly and monotonous life of his.

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As he is "flown away" to Arusha, Harry sees his wife waving him away, the breadth of the flat terrain expanding, host of animals galloping as slow-moving dots, the range of mountains with plush vegetation rising, and then the resting place of the mysterious leopard: the top of Kilimanjaro.

Important to observe how this "flight" moves away from Arusha and veers left towards Kilimanjaro.  What is meant by this?  Harry, his previous frustration and near-disillusionment notwithstanding, has found peace.  Indeed, he has failed to indite anything, let alone a culminating work.  Nevertheless, Harry has extricated himself from the sloth that had been oppressing his artistic faculties.  Like the Leopard, Harry has seen the world below the way literary icons are supposed to behold it: kindly and lovingly.  For this, he is rewarded, in the pigment of his writer's imagination, with such an august rest.

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