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"The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway

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Ellie Levine

on 2 September 2015

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Transcript of "The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway

Theme, Repetition, Tone, & Symbols
Simple and Straight Forward
The Unresolved Conflict
Style of Writing
Literary Devices
Ernest Hemingway has a unique method of writing. He has said that he will not write down a single sentence, a single word, until he has constructed it perfectly in his head. The way that he wrote was very straight forward and plain. Hemingway usually wrote with dialogue because he feels as though he needs to express the way that people really talk.
Although the downfall of this style was that it created a lot of controversy because his dialogue did not accurately express how people talk. He did use repetition in his writing to make sure that the reader was reading something that stuck in their head.

Sunday, August 31, 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Setting: A diner in Summit
Theme, Repetition, Tone, & Symbols
Literary Devices
"The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway
What's The Point?
Masculinity: the way that Hemingway portrays these men who are manly and follow a “code of honor”

Al and Max kept saying “bright boy”. This phrase was degrading to the men and created suspense within the story and made the reader keep thinking that something big would happen.

The tone to this piece of writing is dark and mysterious. The reader spends the whole book waiting for something terrible to happen, so the tone of the story is bleak.
The clock is a main symbol in this story, the men continuously stare at the clock to see what time it is and who is supposed to show up at a certain time

1. Why were Al and Max after Ole Anderson in the first place?
2. Why do you think Hemingway creates a lot of suspense for nothing traumatic to happen?
3. Why is the concept of death so hard for Nick to handle, and why is his reaction so extreme?
4. Why did Hemingway never have Ole’s death at the end of the book?
5. Is it beneficial for Nick to leave town or does it not make a difference?
6. What is Ole's reaction when Nick tells him that "The Killers" are after him?

Atypical plot line
Human vs. Human
Nick Adams, George, and Sam work at a diner
two men, Al and Max (aka "The Killers" enter the diner
Al and Max complain about the service
Al takes Nick and Sam to the kitchen and ties them up
Max is telling George why the two are really at the diner
Planning to kill Ole; he never shows up
Al and Max leave
Nick goes to warn Ole he is being hunted
Ole is dismissive
Nick wants to leave Summit because he is afraid
The men are talking with so much repetition
You keep thinking that something bad will happen
Al and Max keep teasing George, Nick, and Sam (call them "bright boys"
After the anticipation, nothing happens
Death:this was the main theme throughout the story, mainly because the reason “The Killers” were there was to kill Anderson and everyone was afraid of the thought of death/dying
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