This is a study guide for Big Two-Hearted River by Ernest Hemingway. Like Nick Adams, Hemingway found nature to be the best escape from his troubled world. In fact, Nick Adams is probably the most autobiographical of Hemingway's characters. It's no accident that Hemingway describes the flight of a kingfisher in Big, Two-Hearted River. The fisher-king tradition is used by many authors to signify one or more characters seeking renewed health through a quest (for the holy grail for example). In this case, Nick renews himself through nature-particularly through the river. When reading Big, Two-Hearted River, it's important to recognize Hemingway's many allusions to creation. Please click on the study guide analysis category you wish to be displayed. Back and Next buttons can guide you through all the sections or you can choose to jump from section to section using the links below or the links at the left.
Author: Ernest Hemingway