Francis Munoz

Professor Zino


The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Tuan states in chapter nine Time in Experiential Space, that length and distance is a measure of time. Tuan states that “the greater the distance the greater the lapse of time, and the less certain one can be of what has happened out there,” an objective/manifested realm of reality that includes all that is or has been accessible to the senses, present and past, yet excluding the future. (121) These ideas can be compared with the main character Harry in Hemmingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro and his use of flashbacks in describing time in relation to space.

Throughout the story Harry envisions past experiences that take him further away from his present space/place through the change in time and scenery that he remembers. Harry’s present state is hot and humid and in his flashbacks the environment and timing are opposite being cold and dry. Harry is mentally roaming to a different time set that sets him further in time and space/place so that he may not focus on the evident future that he faces, while questioning his regrets in life. As the story leads on one can come to question whether Harry is truly envisioning these memories intentionally or if he is drifting away from the pain he is enduring. Regardless of which is correct one can still read how Harry is escaping his misery through the use flashbacks in reference to Tuan’s view of time relating to space.

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