Big Two Hearted River by Ernest Hemingway

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Nick is a World War I veteran who, as many veterans, suffers from emotional trauma that his experiences from the war left him with. Multiple scenes throughout the story, Big Two Hearted River, relates to Nick, the main character’s, journey toward recovery. Nick describes his surroundings in way that parallels to his own experiences and current voyage in respect to his revival.. He takes a calming adventure saturated with calming natural paths over hills, through woodland, and along a river to find peace with himself and to return to his prewar state of mind. As Nick sets off on his journey, he comes to a river in which he observes in a way that relates to his own advancing expedition: It swirled against the log spiles of the bridge. Nick looked down into the clear, brown water, colored from the pebbly bottom and watched the trout keeping themselves steady in the current with wavering fins. As he watched them they changed their position by quick angles, only to hold steady in the fast water again. (Hemingway 177) This scene is Nick’s first inspiration for how he should go about recovering. The trouts’ literal state in the water mirrors Nick’s emotional state and recovery process. There are rapid waters all around the fish, which compares to the rough emotional condition that Nick is facing. Nick notices how the trout change positions and push again the swirling current in order to stay steadily on the right track. Nick can use this to understand that he must change his own
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