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The Killers

The Killers

by Ernest Hemingway

Men and Masculinity Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

"You’re a pretty bright boy, aren’t you?" (35)

Al and Max antagonize George with this taunt, a dig at his masculinity (because they call him a ‘boy’ and not a ‘man’).

Quote #2

"What are you looking at?" Max looked at George.

"Nothing."

"The hell you were. You were looking at me." (47-9)

In portraying stereotypical criminals, Max and Al end up embodying a number of "tough guy" clichés, as we see here.

Quote #3

"You talk too damn much," Al said. "The nigger and my bright boy are amused by themselves. I got them tied up like a couple of girl friends in the convent." (108)

Al infers inferiority on the part of Sam and George by insulting their masculinity.

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