The Snows of Kilimanjaro


Ernest Hemingway

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Compton Character Analysis

“Compie” turns out to be a character in Harry’s deathbed hallucinations, as he never left his cot by Helen’s side at the camp. A friend of Harry and Helen’s, Harry imagines Compie flying in to rescue him. At first, Compie plans to fly to a hospital, but later he redirects the plane to Mount Kilimanjaro, where Harry realizes he will lay to rest (though this all only takes place in Harry’s mind).

Compton Quotes in The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The The Snows of Kilimanjaro quotes below are all either spoken by Compton or refer to Compton. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Ever-present Death Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon and Schuster edition of The Snows of Kilimanjaro published in 1987.
“The Snows of Kilimanjaro” Quotes

Compie turned his head and grinned and pointed and there, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that there was where he was going.

Related Characters: Harry, Compton
Page Number: 56
Explanation and Analysis:
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Compton Character Timeline in The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The timeline below shows where the character Compton appears in The Snows of Kilimanjaro. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
“The Snows of Kilimanjaro”
Ever-present Death Theme Icon
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In the morning, Harry hears a plane and the boys preparing for its landing. Compton arrives, and Harry offers him breakfast. After a brief discussion with Helen beyond Harry’s range... (full context)