Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Syntopical guide to The Killers by Ernest Hemingway

"The Killers" (full text)

Transcribed from Gateway to the Great Books, Vol. 1, pp. 225-226.

Suggested readings in the Great Books of the Western World Syntopicon

JUSTICE, Vol. 2, pp. 850-879, especially
Topic 10c: The justice of punishment for unjust acts: the distinction between retribution and vengence

LAW, Vol. 2 pp. 962-990, especially
Topic 6e(1): The nature and causes of crime
Topic 6e(3): The punishment of crime

LIFE AND DEATH, Vol. 2, pp. 1013-1034, especially
Topic 8c: The contemplation and fear of death: the attitude of the hero, the philosopher, the martyr

PUNISHMENT, Vol. 3, pp. 488-512, especially
Topic 1b: The retributive purpose of punishment: the lex talionis; retaliation and revenge; the righting of a wrong

Related Authors and Works in Great Books of the Western World

  • Aeschylus, Eumenides
  • Sophocles, Electra
  • Euripedes, Orestes
  • Plato, Apology
  • Shakespeare, King Richard III, Measure for Measure, Macbeth
  • Milton, Paradise Lost Bk. III
  • Hegel, Philosophy of Right, First Part
  • Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 36

Related Authors and Works in Gateway to the Great Books

  • Bacon, Of Death
  • De Quincey, On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth
  • Dinesen, Sorrow-Acre
  • Fitzgerald, Diamond as Big as the Ritz
  • Flaubert, Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller
  • Hugo, "Battle with the Cannon"
  • O'Neill, Emperor Jones
  • Poe, Tell-Tale Heart, Masque of the Red Death
  • Scott, Two Drovers
  • Tolstoy, Death of Ivan Ilyitch
  • Twain, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg