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The Killers: Introduction
The Killers: Plot Summary
The Killers: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Killers: Themes
The Killers: Quotes
The Killers: Characters
The Killers: Symbols
The Killers: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ernest Hemingway
Historical Context of The Killers
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- Full Title: The Killers
- When Written: 1927
- Where Written: Madrid, Spain
- When Published: 1927
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Short story, Modernist fiction
- Setting: A small town called Summit
- Climax: Nick goes to warn Ole Andreson about the hitmen who are looking for him, but Ole reveals that he already knows about it and is preparing to go out and meet death.
- Antagonist: Max, Al, death
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for The Killers
The Movies. “The Killers” has been adapted into feature-length and short movies four times since it was initially published. Notable stars in these adaptations include Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Lee Marvin, and Ronald Reagan.
Andre Anderson. Andre Anderson was a Swedish prizefighter who was famously shot and killed by members of a Chicago mob in 1926. Many believe that Anderson was the inspiration behind Hemingway’s Ole Andreson in “The Killers,” which was published the next year.