Author: L. Swilley (---.houston.res.rr.com)
Date: 10-19-05 09:03
> Hemingway is often held up as the epitome of rugged American
> masculinity, he undermines the idea in this story.
In "Snows" Hemingway certainly tests Americn masculinity but then gives it a high pass when Harry sacrifices his own integrity and - as he sees it - chances for spiritual improvement and survival by sparing his wife his denunciation, the terms of his establishing his own honesty. That is why his penultimate memory is his giving his own morphine to his hideously dying comrade in arms; and that is why his last dream - presented as reality - is of his ascension to Kilimanjaro.
(The likeness to Huck's acceptance of his own eternal damnation to help his friend Jim is striking.)
On the other hand, in other stories, like "A Way You'll Never Be" and "In Another Country," and in the novels "The Sun Also Risese" and "A Farewell to Arms," American masculinity is seriously questioned.