In his collection of short stories, Ernest Hemingway writes about an interesting story about two killers waiting in a lunch-counter. In “The Killers”, two men by the names of Al and Max take over a lunchroom in order to attempt to assassinate a very famous boxer. The short story explains that these two hitmen basically walk into the lunch-counter and hold up the entire group of staff. For approximately two hours, these hitmen keep sam and nick tied up in the kitchen while another staff, George is placed at a table closer to the entrance. The hitmen do not accomplish their goal and finally leave the lunch-counter. Later on, Nick visits the target of the assassinations and sees his miserable situation as he lays in his bed. The reason I explained this is to show that the rhetoric of the story is not intended to describe a failed assassination, instead, it is intended to describe a situation which accurately portrays human psychology. When I mentioned the situation where Nick and Sam are in the kitchen, the others make a unconscious formation in the dining room that Hemingway emphasizes in great detail. The formation looks like this: George very very close to the entrance, Max at the bar, and Al is between the kitchen and the dining room. Throughout the story, Hemingway uses interesting rhetoric to describe George while he looks at the clock, at the door, and basically acts as if he wants to bolt out. Then Hemingway describes Max as trying to pick a fight with George when Max mocks George calling him a “Bright Boy.” Finally, Al is described as a control, when he tries to calm everyone down and make Max shut up. These three men portray an accurate example of how the fight-or-flight situation can mold personalities and behaviors. George being the flight, Max being the fight, and Al being the control or normal personality.