“the Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “Maryanne Clouds Today

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Ela Dworzecki
ENG 101
September 19, 2011
Facing Death

Knowing you are dying is a scary thought. If you were to die today, how would you want people to remember you and your life? This is what both characters had to face with in the stories. Living your life every day like it’s your last, is the conclusion after reading “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Earnest Hemingway and “Maryanne Clouds Today” by Ivan Gabriel Rehorek. Ernest Hemingway being born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois and become a great writer after many years. He had four different wives throughout his life with many years of experience and regret with different stories to write about. Ernest lived such a full life that he didn’t have a chance to write down all the stories he wanted. Many of his writings are based on life experiences, therefore some of his stories were never written because he was living in the moment.

Ivan Rehorek (aka Avalanche) is a former editor for Adelaide's famous Friendly Street Poetry collective and the first poet from there to make the transition into digital publishing. Ivan, former teacher, he was active in community theatre movements in the 1970s and is one of Adelaide's most accomplished and distinguished solo spoken word performers, his recitals often accompanied by his trustworthy saxophone. With his distinctive style, Rehorek brings to contemporary Australian poetry the distinctiveness of the "beat" generation while maintaining his individuality and uniqueness. He wrote “Maryanne Clouds Today”.

Both ” are about being able to live your life and create memories. In the stories, both main characters are facing death shortly. As Hemingway writes, his character has a major consequence for being irresponsible and forgetting to put iodine on his infected scrapped leg. For not putting it on, he now deals with a major infection and is awaiting death shortly if not rescued fast enough. As the character portrays as a writer, he regrets not writing down all...
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