Analysis Of George Hemingway 's ' Big Two Hearted River ' Essay

786 Words Feb 28th, 2016 4 Pages
No two men are exactly alike, not even identical twins. Some attributes, appearance, and ideology may mirror, but no two men are alike. Differences in how the world is perceived will allow these individual to stand together, but appear far apart. The modernist method of writing allows for individuals to do exactly that, stand together but appear to be far. Writers Ernest Hemingway and T.S. Eliot demonstrated such disassociation in living deliberately in time and place of Nick and J. Alfred Prufrock. Ernest Hemingway’s story Big Two-Hearted River tells the story of a young man who returns to his old fishing hole after the war. Nick, is his name and he returns home faced with some of the same feeling and thoughts of war. Although, he did have a home to return to, everything around him appeared demolished, at least in his mind. Nick, did what any other man returning home for war would do. He packed a backpack and set off for a fishing and camping trip, in attempt to escape reality even if it was just to go fishing for a few days. As described in the story “the trout keeping themselves steady in the current with wavering fins” (Hemingway,1925) which may resemble control of life and movement, “Nick’s obsession with controlling small details speaks to a deeply wounded man” (McDavid, 2013). As the trout in the water use its fin to control its’ movement, overcoming obstacles, Nick attempts to do the same. With a fishing pole and a backpack filled with useful tools, ideal for the…

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