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The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway and The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy are both excellent literary works that both deserve equal praise Hemingways story is about a regretful wasted author named Harry who is lying on an African plain dying of gangrene Ivan the main character in Tolstoys story is dying of a incurable illness and reminiscing of his life and grieving over everything he did not do right Both stories have equally effective points of view told in third person narrative The Death of Ivan Ilych has more realistic conflicts than does The Snows of Kilimanjaro which has extremely powerful symbols Both Hemingway and Tolstoy are successful in coupling these three elements with various themes to make each of the stories equally enjoyable The point of view used in The Death of Ivan Ilych and The Snows of Kilimanjaro is a third person narrative and has been used effectively in both stories Each of the authors use a shifting form of narration that efficiently helps to depict both Harrys and Ivans situation In The Snows of Kilimanjaro Ernest Hemingways narrative changes from viewing the couple to inside Harrys mind through a series of italicized flashbacks and since the two perspectives are differentiated in the text the plot is relatively easy to follow The narrative in The Death of Ivan Ilych is more complicated than The Snows of Kilimanjaro Tolstoy directs attention to Robbins - 2 various perspectives from Ivans mind looking out from the point of view of other characters and from the outside focusing in on various characters Hemingway uses a narrative that is direct most of which is dialogue and through this the story unfolds Ive been writing he said But I just got tired Do you think you will be able to sleep Pretty sure Why dont you turn in I like to sit here with you Do you feel anything strange he asked her No Just
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