As Hemingway was himself a veteran of war, In Our Time has usually been interpreted as a book dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of World War I, presenting wounded characters trying to cope with loss through alcohol, travel, or immersion in everyday minutia. He had sobbed during almost every story — it touched something deep within him. In context, this is a story about war, woundedness, and living with memories and ghosts. In moving into the unpredictability, excitement, and spontaneity of fishing, Nick finds small emotional thrills.
Every detail, every action, is understated.
Hemingway describes no grandiose epiphanies. The river is the central element in this section, as Nick is constantly in the river, following the river, and looking to the swamp at the end of the river.
First, Nick must have some bait. He is surrounded by grasshoppers, and luckily, they are sluggish this early in the morning because of the heavy dew. Nick gets an empty bottle and collects enough bait for the entire day; he knows that he can get all the "hoppers" he needs each morning of each day for the rest of his stay in the woods.
It is important here to note the contrast between the grasshoppers in Part I, which were black and covered with soot, and these grasshoppers, which are nestled in the grass amongst the drops of dew, waiting for the sun.
Nick retrieves his fishing rod from the leather rod case and prepares the leader line, the gut line, and the hook, and tests them: As he leaves camp, he feels "awkward" but "professionally happy" with all of his paraphernalia hanging from him: His sandwiches are in his two front pockets; his bottle of grasshoppers is hanging around his neck; his landing net is hanging from a hook in his belt; a long flour sack is tied round his shoulder this will hold the trout that he catches ; his "fly book" is in one of his pockets; and he is carrying his fly rod.
Note that before he touches the trout, he wets his hand because he knows that "if a trout was touched with a dry hand, a white fungus attacked the unprotected spot. However, it also indicates something deeper: Nick has a specific code of fishing that separates him from other fishermen.
It places Nick into a select, morally "higher" group that respects the fish and Nature. This totally integrates Nick with the fish and Nature itself. Nick then rebaits his hook and, this time, spits on it for good luck, a typical thing for an experienced fisherman to do.
This time, and it does not take long, he hooks an enormous trout: When it leaps high out of the water, Nick is overcome because he has never seen such a large trout, but then "tragedy" strikes: The leader line breaks, and the trout escapes.
He slowly reels in his empty hook. He vaguely feels a little sick, as though it would be better to sit down. For Nick, the thrill of hooking this large trout is overwhelming.
However, after the jarring experience of war, Nick must expect to "lose a few" at first during his journey into his own river of recovery. After he rests and smokes, Nick rebaits, and this time, upon reentering the river, he works his rod carefully.
He catches a good-sized trout, and note that he says that it was "good" to hold — he had "one good trout. The fish dives into heavy underbrush. Almost immediately, Nick has another strike, and after some struggling, he brings this trout into his net.
Nick then spreads the "mouth of the sack and [looks] down at the two big trout alive in the water. After Nick eats his sandwiches, he sits and watches the river; then he kills and dresses the two trout.
Both are males because each is exuding "milt," a substance found only in male fish. Nick returns to camp completely satisfied and looks forward to the days to come when he will fish the swampy areas, as he steadily moved downstream into deeper water today.
His wish for something to read. This return to thinking and cerebral pursuits indicates a mental rejuvenation.“Big Two-Hearted River” is one of the best stories by one of the greatest short-story writers of the twentieth century.
“The story was about coming back from the war,” as Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway recounts in precise detail Nick's rituals of preparation for fishing before he wades into the river.
He successfully catches two trout and begins to gather sufficient 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 uncertainties.
The symbolism here is fairly obvious: Nick is leaving the burned, destroyed portions of his life behind, hoping and searching for renewal on the rich, green, and fertile river bank of the big Two-Hearted River.
BigTwo-HeartedRiver: Hemingway originallypublished the storyas "Big Two Hearted River," addingthe hyphen in the title in his collectionIn OUfTime().
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There he gets his first fish. He then sees a beech tree hanging down and knows that there will be big fish there, but he doesn’t want his line to get tangled in the branches. that he’s lost it. But then Nick sees him in the current, and reels him upstream. According to Hemingway biographer James R.
Mellon, Hemingway regarded "Big Two-Hearted River" as the "climactic story in [his short story collection] In Our Time and the culminating episode in the Nick Adams adventures that he included in the book.".