Themes Within "The Killers"
One theme deals with the failure of the parents of the Lost Generation to provide their children with the means to handle the cruelty and meaninglessness of 20th-century America.
Chaos is another theme in "The Killers". The many misrepresentations throughout the story create a plane of chaos for the reader, and dislocation, almost as if it is happening in another world.
Masculinity is the next theme. Although Hemingway is known for the "manly men" in his stories, in "The Killers", the two hit men are comical and clownish men. Hemingway at one point describes them as the "vaudeville twins".
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