Analysis Of Hemingway's Big Two Hearted River

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Although Ernest Hemingway and John Burroughs belonged to different generations and wrote in different times, Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River” (BTHR) and Burroughs “A Bed of Boughs” (ABOB) share a particularly intimate connection. Both Hemingway’s and Burroughs’ works are underlined with spiritual depth and exactitude. The fishing narratives of both Hemingway and Burroughs, are embedded with precision, and praise for the natural world. Hemingway’s BTHR parallels John Burroughs’ ABOB in both journey and spirit; both writers find joy, and renewal through love for nature and total immersion into their landscape. Although, Nick’s journey is a remarkably similar one to Burroughs, Hemingway as a modernist must move beyond the condition of John Burrough’s pre-war perspective in order to reconcile with the post-war trauma and face the tragic condition of the modern world. John Burroughs explains the importance of love, “nothing can take the place of love... love sharpens the eye, the ear, the touch; it quickens the feet, it steadies the hand....What we love to do, that we do well. To know is not all; it is only half. To love is the other half” (The Art of Seeing Things 4). John Burroughs was an American naturalist and writer during the mid to late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His essay, “The Art of Seeing Things” discusses the differences in levels of observation and the importance of both attentiveness and love within the context of the natural world. Burroughs
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