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The "iceberg theory" as proposed by Ernest Hemingway is a minimalistic approach to fiction writing: not much takes place on the surface but what does happen is rich with underlying themes....

Latest answer posted August 17, 2019 4:25 pm UTC

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The two hit men, Max and Al, were not successful in killing Ole Andreson. They expected him to come to the restaurant where he supposedly ate dinner every night at six, but this night he didn't...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2012 7:10 am UTC

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HISTORICAL SETTING Written in 1926, Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers" is a story set in the historical period of Prohibition when organized crime was at its rampant with such larger-than-life...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2010 9:24 am UTC

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The famous short story "The Killers," by Ernest Hemingway, tells of two gunmen who intend to murder a man named Ole Andreson when he comes to eat dinner. It takes place during the Prohibition era...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019 4:08 am UTC

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The famous short story "The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway takes place in a diner called Henry's Lunchroom. Two men in black overcoats walk in, order some food, and start questioning George, the man...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2020 4:24 pm UTC

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Ernest Hemingway's story "The Killers" is told in the third person but from two characters' points of view. A really valuable book on the subject of points of view is an anthology of short stories...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2015 9:41 pm UTC

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Hemingway claimed that he could leave out a lot of details as long as he knew what those details were himself. This is his so-called "iceberg theory," which he originally described in The Green...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2014 6:41 pm UTC

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Time is a crucial element of the plot in Ernest Hemingway’s story. The author uses time to build suspense. After the two intended killers, Al and Max, enter the diner, they spend a few minutes...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2019 3:41 am UTC

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Ole Andreson is a potential code hero but not complete.Nick Adams is on the road to becoming the complete code hero though still young and learning. Nick bravely confronts evil when he goes to warn...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 12:06 pm UTC

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Certainly, in Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers" there is a sense of disharmony, violence, and ambivalence. For, the two men who come to kill Ole Andreson are parodies of the stereotypical gangsters...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 3:29 am UTC

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It is possible to have a protagonist in a story who never appears in person but whose motivation and influence is are felt throughout. A good example of this, with which Hemingway must have been...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2014 6:30 pm UTC

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Most of Hemingway's heroes aspire to the "code hero" as an ideal: courageous, honorable, etc. Given the blatant description of Max and Al as gangsters, and George guessing that Ole must've gotten...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2009 4:19 pm UTC

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Maybe Hemingway sensed that there was something lacking in his story because of the absence of women. That may have been part of his reason for adding a scene in which Nick Adams encounters Mrs....

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012 8:16 am UTC

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"The Killers" seems to have been intentionally left unresolved by the author Ernest Hemingway. Readers are left wondering what will happen to Ole Andreson. It seems likely that he will eventually...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015 7:07 pm UTC

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"The Killers" is a modernist text because of its strong ambiguity. Modernist works often emphasize the lack of definitive answers in life, rejecting absolute truths or the idea that we can ever...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 6:24 pm UTC

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Max and Al do a lot of talking for men supposed to be stone-cold killers. They come from the bootleg capital of America and must have been drinking out of a bottle all the way from Chicago....

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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After Nick visits Ole Andreson at his rooming house to warn him about the killers who were planning to ambush him, Nick runs into Mrs. Bell, who apparently has been waiting to intercept him on his...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013 11:17 pm UTC

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The kind of writing that can be done. How far prose can be carried if any one is serious enough and has luck. There is a fourth and fifth dimension that can be gotten. Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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"I guess I left as much out of 'The Killers' as any story I ever wrote. Left out the whole city of Chicago." A. E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway Because Ernest Hemingway left so much information out of...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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When Max orders roast pork tenderloin with apple sauce and mashed potatoes, George tells him: "It isn't ready yet." Then Max orders chicken croquettes with green peas and cream sauce and mashed...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Hemingway's story, "The Killers," part of the Nick Adams series, is a brief but eerie tale of two hit-men taking over a small town diner as they wait to kill the "Swede." In this original version,...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2010 3:37 am UTC

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Ernest Hemingway wrote “The Killers” in 1927. Although no actual violence is portrayed, Hemingway makes the reader feel that Al and Max, the killers, could explode at any time. The story takes...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 7:08 pm UTC

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The kind of writing that can be done. How far prose can be carried if anyone is serious enough and has luck. There is a fourth and fifth dimension that can be gotten. —Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Part of the effect of "The Killers" is attributable to the fact that the sort of thing that happened to George and Nick could happen, and actually does happen, to ordinary people all the time. You...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2014 12:09 am UTC

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For "The Killer's," I think you could loosely interpret instances of Einstein's Relativity, but I think these interpretations are not that relevant and don't contribute to the meaning of the story...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009 2:39 am UTC

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The interlocution between Nick Adams and Ole Andreson is spare and static. It doesn't change anything in the story and only contributes to the overall feeling of dread that began when the two...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2019 6:17 pm UTC

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