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Archetypal Figures in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”: Hemingway on Flight and Hospitality

: David L. Anderson

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Peer-reviewed archetypal/mythic literary analysis, published by Kent State University Press. The analysis of three recurring and related literary figures—the host, the guest, and the nemesis figure in pursuit of the guest—is key to illuminating not only the enigmas inherent in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” but also the mythic dimensions of Hemingway’s work as a whole. Mythic analogues from the Homeric poems, the Bible, and canonical and non-canonical literature (London, Hardy, Hugo, Conrad, Stowe, Medieval literature, popular literature, popular music, and many other sources) are discussed in establishing this myth—the myth of the man/woman on trail (to use Jack London’s phrase)—as a bona fide example of archetypes of the collective unconscious as conceived by Jung and Campbell. Jung and Campbell are mentioned prominently.