A Big Two Hearted River has been seen typically as a short story in which Nick camps out and will go fishing in a very gloomy aspect. There are many interpretations that Hemingway's short tale could be known as. As the storyline proceeds, readers obtain the sense of your distressing ambiance while Nick vacations through the deserted town and finally confirms his campsite. Hemingway uses imagery with the environment he represents and theme in the manner he expresses independence and delight throughout the storyline in order to emphasize the idea of being rejuvenated and living content after Nick's stressed past with war and loss of friends.
The image Hemingway gives when the narrator describes a used up down town is a means of explaining Nick's history being removed and giving him an opportunity to study from his experiences and start over. Nick then recalls a pal called Hopkins and drinks coffee, Hopkins's way in remembrance just to stay content. "The caffeine according to Hopkins. The coffee was bitter. Nick laughed. " (Perkins 1206). Every move Nick makes is with regards to certain recommendations a person would do to remain happy, like keeping in mind happy times and reenact them. Also, espresso is a drink most people drink to get started on off your day right by not being in an angry mood. Nick wasn't used to consuming coffee often because he couldn't remember which way to make it, but as soon as he remembers how Hopkins managed to get, Nick does not hesitate in getting the espresso ready.
All through the story, Hemingway explains the placing well and illustrates every move that Nick makes in detail giving the audience a fantastic way to make the image in mind. "Nick tucked two big potato chips of pine under the grill. The flames flared up. He had overlooked to get drinking water for the espresso. From the pack he received a folding canvas bucket and walked down the hill, over the advantage of the meadow, to the stream. The other lender is at the white mist. " (Perkins 1205)
Nick has been bothered by the battle, which created internal feelings that he's trying to solve. "He watched them keeping themselves with the noses in to the current, many trout in profound, fast moving drinking water, somewhat distorted as he viewed very good down through the glassy convex surface of the pool, its surface driving and swelling steady against the amount of resistance of the log-driven hemorrhoids of the bridge. " (Perkins 1201) Hemingway used the trout in the river to symbolize the inner serenity that Nick is trying to gain. Nick considers the trout because they are pushing and swelling against the existing giving him sort of optimism that if trout can keep moving on with the life despite of the chances, then he should be able to forget the past and live free.
The theme of flexibility arises in the storyplot with Nick as he proceeds with his experienced means of journeying, camping, and sportfishing. "Its direction will lead to a revelation of "truth, " generally in the form of self-discovery or self-realization. "(Rovit) The storyplot goes on without the troubles that prevent him from eating or continuing with his journey rendering it easier for him to feel the flexibility he could live with. Memories are the only obstructions that would make his life near efficiency, but like any other individual he distracts his brain keeping himself occupied sometimes and rests whenever he needs to.
The grasshoppers are symbolic of leaping into a new life. Nick results in the grasshoppers to be easily selected to be able to fish. "He found plenty of grasshoppers. These were cold and damp with the dew, and could not jump until the sunlight warmed them. " (Perkins1207) The grasshoppers aren't able to get away during that time, but Nick is. He needs advantage of the problem like if whenever the bugs cannot live peacefully, he is able to by not looking forward to sunlight to appear, meaning waiting for him to keep in mind his life before and during the war.
Next, when he is at his campsite and moves fishing, he views the big trout he could easily get if he went further in to the swamp, but doesn't. "The occurrence of the swamp finally undoes Nick's hard-won but illusory sense of distance from the truth he wishes to escape" (Brien). His stressed past inhibits him perhaps because he has gone after the "big fish" before and has got nothing but misery, so he avoids gaming. Instead he is satisfied with the two fish he caught knowing he has food to consume and continues on his normal way of organizing his meal.
Furthermore, Nick knows he did a good job at achieving his goal which was to protect him from pain from the past. "The written text of "Big Two-Hearted River" persistently insinuates a problem to establish or defend a moral position. After doing his camping chores punctiliously Nick rewards himself by consuming pork and coffee beans and spaghetti, and explicitly defends himself as if answering a rebuke from some purist woodsman"(Summerhayes). He pleases himself with food in order to let himself know that he is doing a good job and everything is certainly going well with angling and forgetting the past.
Hemingway details in specific fine detail Nick's techniques of prep for fishing before he wades into the river. He effectively catches two trout and prepares them to consume later. "Nick washed them slitting them from the vent to the tip of the jaw. All the insides and the gills came out without trouble. All of the insides where clean and compact, coming out jointly. Nick tossed the offal ashore for the minks to find" (Perkins1212) This quotation from the storyline makes the insides of the seafood to stand for Nick's past developing and letting them go to let Nick set in place to gather sufficient valor so that in the days ahead, without trouble they can fish simply over the river, in the dark swamp, a symbol of Nick's worries and uncertainties. Visibly, Nick's recuperation from the trauma of war has already begun, and readers continue the story with expectation that Nick will go on with his trip calmly.
Throughout the storyline Nick recognized what he previously to do to be revived in a certain way by all the miserable thoughts from his friends and warfare, "Big Two-Hearted River, which details a solitary sportfishing trip Nick will take after the warfare and his driven efforts to carry himself together by not considering and by immersing himself in exercise in the perceptual present. " (McSweeney). All of the efforts Nick experienced done since he arrived in Seney have been successful and little or nothing gave him a genuine obstacle except stories from the war and friends.