The Snows of Kilimanjaro

by

Ernest Hemingway

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Gangrene

After Harry’s thorn scratch becomes gangrenous, the infection moves slowly up his leg. Immobilizing him and weakening his physical and mental state, the steady yet painless progress of the gangrene—which ultimately kills Harry—mirrors the…

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The Hyena and Birds

Both a hyena and a flock of scavenging birds circle the safari camp as Harry gradually succumbs to his gangrene infection. As animals that eat carrion, these creatures are omens of Harry’s impending death. Accordingly…

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