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by Ernest Hemingway

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Describe the protagonist of "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." What are three of his most important characteristics?

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Hemingway's protagonist in the story is Harry, a writer facing his death from gangrene, the result of failing to put antiseptic on a scratch on his knee before it became infected. The majority of the story recounts Harry's final hours as he dies on the African plain where he has been on safari with the current rich woman in his life. Harry's conversation with the woman, who is not named, and his life as he remembers and evaluates it reveal his character.

Harry is a sophisticated man, one who has traveled and experienced much of the world. He is cynical, but...

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