Hemingway’s "The Great Blue River": The Gulf Stream as the Great Mother
Psychoanalytic study reflecting on the meaning of the Gulf Stream in Hemingway’s work. Contemplates Hemingway’s role as the idealized father, identifying the Gulf Stream as the vital energy driving his imagination. Analyzes the river’s life-generating and sustaining powers as the nurturing Universal Mother and the repository for primeval mystery, discussing the author’s ambivalent desire to both unite with and separate from the engulfing mother. Concludes with the idea that Hemingway, as a consummate artist, understood all of this, and that “what he has thus created may indeed triumph over the corrosive effects of time and become coextensive with the survival of the English language itself.” References “On the Blue Water,” “Out in the Stream,” The Old Man and the Sea, Green Hills of Africa, and Islands in the Stream.
North Dakota Quarterly