The Crimes In Ernest Hemingway's The Killers

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The short story “The killers” sets the tone for multiple elements and themes such as masculinity, coming of age, chaos, and crime. This short story takes place in a 1920’s diner. The 1920’s is well known due to the Prohibition Era, the Prohibition made manufacturing, sale, transportation, or consumption of alcohol illegal in the United States. Criminals like Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, and Baby Face Nelson, all famous gangsters in American history, made their livings by robbing banks, killing innocent civilians, and running from the FBI during the prohibition era. In the short story, Nick might have been a younger man compared to George and Sam. He reacted much differently to the other men in the diner. Nick was very concerned with the fact the Ole…show more content…
Al and Max are not from the same place as George, Nick, and Sam this was pointed out by George when he begins to describe the strange men “He wore a derby hat and a black overcoat buttoned across the chest. His face was small and white and he had tight lips. He wore silk muffler and gloves. This description indicates that Al and max were both from the mafia. They were very unprofessional and insensitive about their job. Max almost immediately announces why they were searching for Ole Anderson, he states “We’re going to kill Swede. Do you know big Swede named Ole Anderson?”
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In conclusion The short story “The killers” sets the tone for multiple elements and themes such as masculinity, coming of age, chaos, and crime. Ole Anderson decides that he no longer wants to be on the run. In my opinion, this means that he may have done something he regretted, or maybe he had an idea of what was going to happen to him before he made his decision. Nick makes a decision of his own, he realizes that he can’t accept a town where people allow other people to just be
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