The Snows of Kilimanjaro | Study Guide

Ernest Hemingway

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro | Characters

Character Description
Harry Harry is an American writer and World War I veteran. He is on safari in Africa, bedridden with a gangrenous infection in his leg. Read More
Helen Helen, Harry's wife, is a wealthy American heiress. She has diverse interests, such as reading, hunting, drinking, and riding horses. She and Harry were both previously married before meeting each other. Read More
Armenian woman The unnamed Armenian woman was an acquaintance Harry took home one night in Turkey.
Barker Barker was a bomber pilot who served with Harry during the war. He was condemned by their fellow soldiers for bombing and shooting off-duty Austrian officers on Christmas Day.
British gunner The unnamed British gunner was a soldier with whom Harry got into a physical altercation outside a bar in Turkey.
Chore boy The unnamed chore boy was a young man accused of murder at a ranch where Harry worked.
Compton Compton is the pilot of the plane that comes for Harry in his dream. He is nicknamed "Compie," speaks in British colloquialisms, and dresses in tweed.
Deserter The unnamed deserter was a soldier Harry and his friends encountered in the Austrian mountains. They helped him by distracting the police who were tracking him. This is an example of Harry's putting the welfare of another above his own.
Grandfather Harry's grandfather lived in the log house Harry remembers from childhood. He owned several guns, which were destroyed when the house burned down.
Julian Julian was a fellow writer who idolized the wealthy. He is based on novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Molo Molo is the African servant who attends Harry and Helen on their safari.
Williamson Williamson was a bombing officer Harry fought with in World War I. Williamson was mortally wounded by a German patrol, and Harry gave him all his morphine tablets to ease the pain of death.
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