Comparison Between Pale Horse, Pale Rider By Katherine Ann Porter And The Snows of Kilimanjaro By Ernest Hemingway
This paper is going to discuss and analyze fully two short Americanfiction stories which are ‘Pale horse, Pale Rider’ by Katherine AnnPorter and ‘ The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ by Ernest Hemingway. By readingthe bibliographies of both these authors, one finds that Porter andHemingway have met in a certain period of their life, where they couldhave shared lots of ideas and agreed on lots of different issues.
By the end of reading both stories, one notices that there are lots ofsimilarities found in both stories. One of the obviously noticedsimilarity is the autobiographical elements which has been enrichedand elaborated on by the author’s imaginations which makes it have thereality of actual experience lived. It adds to the feelings of theauthors and the people who lived at that period and faced these kindsof crisis.
Another similarity is the technique of switching from reality todelirious dreams/ fantasy/hallucinations and vice versa. For examplein ‘ Pale horse, pale rider’ the reader first sees Miranda in a dreamwhere she was in her childhood home ” How I have loved this house inthe morning before we all awake and tangled together like badly castfishing linesaˆ¦Too many have died in this bed already, there are fartoo many ancestral bones propped up on the mantelpieces,aˆ¦ whataccumulation of storied dust never allowed to settle in peace for onemoment.” With this wealth of precise, vivid details, the author hintsat important ideas that will be developed more fully and richly laterin the story. In the…
… he dies from the disease that he caught fromMiranda and not from the war. But Miranda however, survived from thedisease. The other character is Harry who is also physically andmentally sick. The physical illness of Harry is the gangrene, whichspreads through all of his body, and starting from his legs. Itstarted in his legs, but Harry seemed to ignore it, which lead to hisdeath. Harry’s mental illness is really obvious in the story. Harry, ahopeful writer, came to realize in his last moments of life that hehad not accomplished anything in his life. He began to blame othersfor the death that was awaiting him and for all the things he neverwrote. Harry shows disappointment of not being able to write bysaying, “he would never write the things that he had saved to writeuntil he knew enough to write them well.”