The Killers Questions Create a Google Docs for the following: 11 Killers Your Name Write good, well developed answers to the following three sections




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The Killers Questions
Create a Google Docs for the following:

11 Killers Your Name
Write good, well developed answers to the following three sections.

I

In "The Art of the Short Story" Hemingway said, "A few things I have found to be true. If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave out or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless. The test of any story is how very good the stuff is that you, not your editors, omit."
As you read Hemingway's short stories, what has he left out? Why has he included what he has included? Do you always agree with his choices? We don’t ever see Ole’s death. What effect does this have on the story? Do we hold out hope that he might live, or take it for granted that the killers will find and whack him, as they say.
II.

One critic has suggested that "every Hemingway story is tragic." Do you find a sense of inevitable doom in all of the stories? Is there any qualifying or mitigating force in the presence of unkind fate??
III.

Did you notice all the repetition of the same phrases and words in the story’s dialogue? ("I don’t know," "All right," "bright boy," etc.) What purpose does this serve thematically? Structurally? Does it affect the style or tone of the story? How?
Themes

Pick three of the following as Themes for “The Killers.”

Write one IDEA sentence for each of your three themes.

Disillusionment

Heroism

Anti-Heroism



Defeat

Innocence

Passivity

Impotence

Appearances

Criminality



Men and Masculinity


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