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How is Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" a reflection of Modernism in terms of its style and content?

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The most obvious reflections of Modernism in Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" are the first person narration and the "stream of consciousness" type sentences. Modernist writer's tended to write in the first person and favored stories told in clips and bursts of impressions rather than the typical beginning-middle-end type of story. Considering that modernist writers did not typically tell a story chronologically, Hemingway's use of flashbacks could also be seen as a modernistic technique. In the story's content, Harry's regret at not having achieved what he wanted in life could be seen as a reflection of modernism. Modernist writers often rejected social standards and in "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" Harry feels like he sold out when he thinks about his former days as a poor writer in Paris devoted to his craft and his present, comparatively, hedonistic lifestyle devoid of meaning.

 

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