In "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" by Hemingway, how does the relationship between Harry and Helen start and what drives them apart?

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To some extent, the relationship between Helen and Harry reverses traditional gender roles. It's Helen's wealth that supports Harry rather than the other way round, as would have been more normal at that time. As with many of Hemingway's male protagonists Harry deeply resents the fact that he's been placed in a position of subordination to a woman. And as his illness progresses he becomes ever more dependent on Helen for care and support. In some ways this is the logical development of a relationship that's grown ever more unequal as the years have passed.

It's notable too that Helen is presented by Hemingway as displaying the characteristics which he and other men of his time would normally have reserved for the male of the species. There's little doubt that Helen wears the pants in this marriage. She's strong and stoical, urging her stricken husband to recognize that things are never quite as bad as they seem. She tells him to calm down, insisting that he shouldn't brood over his...

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