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    narratives of both Hemingway and Burroughs, are embedded with precision and praise of the natural world, and love of the art of fishing as they both wear their heart on their hook. Hemingway closely parallels Burroughs in many of his fishing narratives, and there is a particularly intimate connection between Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River” and Burroughs “Bed…

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    Hemingway’s usage of rivers as a symbol of time occurs in the stories “Big Two Hearted River,” and “Hills Like White Elephants.” “Big Two Hearted River” is a story about Nick Adams and his postwar life. The story is centered in the small burned down town of Seney and Nick is trying to get away and relieve his mind of his always constant memories. In “Big Two Hearted River” the river functions as a symbol of time because the trout, which represent Nick’s thoughts, are trying hard to swim steady…

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    The conclusion of Nick’s development is shown in both parts of the short story, "The Big Two-Hearted River". These stories show the end result of Nick’s growth, but also show that he is still growing and trying to change into a better person. Nick chose to go camping and fishing to get his mind off the war and his life, but to also reflect on all the opportunities he’s given, the people he met, and the things he learned. Some of these include, Bugs, who had shown him to how to clean up his…

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    “Big Two Hearted River: Part 1,” a chapters in Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, reads like a third-person narrative of a young man’s camping trip in the wilderness. However, through close examination of the details in the story, it slowly comes to light that the events that transpire in the young man’s excursions are somewhat related to his experiences in war. Hemingway’s account observes how war changes an individual as they return home, thus leaving them unsettled. Nick, our protagonist, isn’t…

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    The Big Two-Hearted River by Ernest Hemingway is a brilliant story about a man (Nick) on a fishing trip (Hemingway). This story is full of vibrant landscapes as well as other mental images (Svoboda 34). The author of the story Ernest Hemingway is one of America’s greatest literary figures. He was also a Veteran of World War I and it is that experience that shaped the underlying message in this story (Adair 585). From the burnt town and surrounding landscape of Seney to the ominous swamp at the…

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    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…

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    Hemingway’s “Big Two Hearted River” uses nature to develop the protagonist, Nick, as he attempts to start anew by exploring in the wilderness, after the horrors of war. “The Heart of the Sourdough” (Service) has a narrator, however, whose experiences with the outdoors shaped him to believe that the wild “must win in the end.” This can be linked to Hemingway’s short story due to the fact that in each piece, the main character (or narrator in Service’s piece) is enhanced by nature; Service’s piece…

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    Ritualism is apparent in Hemingway’s short story “Big Two-Hearted River” with regards to Nick’s interactions with the river and nature. Through my Christian background, I recognize that this ritualism also is evidently involved with the sacrament of baptism and the Eucharist. As we discussed in class, Nick is injured due to a battle and is now attempting to recovering from that wound. However, William Bysshe Stein argues that Nick is also “afflicted by a graver injury, an acute disunity of…

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    In the short story, Big Two-Hearted River: Part 1, by Earnest Hemingway, the main character Nick visited a burned down town, Seney. He hiked along a river in search for some part of the town that was not burned. As he was hiking along the river he was reminiscing about the town and watched the Trout swim about in the river, he kept on thinking that he was happy and had all that he needed. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of need, Nick was a self-actualized person who had reached each level of his…

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    When writing “Big Two-Hearted River: Parts I and II,” Ernest Hemingway includes many of the small details which are often omitted by other authors. This completely shifts the focus of the story away from the actual plot. Instead, our attention is drawn to descriptions of seemingly insignificant details as well as the thoughts of Nick, the protagonist. This sort of description driven narrative also appears in Don DeLillo's novel White Noise. Like Hemingway, DeLillo uses minute details to the same…

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