"Big Two-Hearted River” written by; Ernest Hemingway, It’s about this person named Nick Adams. He has traveled back to his home town after the war. He takes the train to the northern part of Michigan, a town that was once Seney. When he gets off the train he is dropped off in an abandoned logging town that has been burned to the ground. The only thing left was the foundation of the Mansion House hotel; it stuck up above the ground. He sees that the town was destroyed by the fire. The fire is the symbolic of change which is evident when he picks up the grasshoppers that are all black now. They have adapted their look to blend in with the burned surroundings. The River is also symbol of home and safety. The theme of nature also serves as a symbol. Nick in reference to home has gone back to the ancient comforts of nature, a time before mankind had people.
Nick was walking in the woods across the uneven, ground through the pine trees. He knew that the river was just to his left. He kept going north so he would hit the river far upstream before night fall. He came to a good spot to make his camp. Nick took his back pack from his back and he laid down in the shade to rest. The earth felt good against his back. He laid there listening to the wind blowing in the trees.
It was time for him to go catch some trout, Nick made it to the river. As he looked down the river he saw the trout coming to the top of the water to feed on the insects that were on top of the water. Then he successfully catches two trout and begins to gather enough courage so that in the days ahead, he can easily fish across the river, in the dark swamp, a symbol of Nick's fears and worries. Nick's recovery from the trauma of war has already begun. There was going to be a lot of days of him fishing in the river. I believe he enjoyed being out in nature.