The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Whose Nature? Differing Narrative Perspectives in Hemingway’s "Big Two-Hearted River"

Document Type

Book Chapter

Citation

Fleming, Robert, ed. Hemingway and the Natural World. Moscow: University of Idaho Press, 1999.

Annotation

Laments the critical tendency to provide extratextual explanations for Nick’s state of mind, arguing instead that the story is of a man seeking solace through nature. Employs Gérard Genette’s narrative theory to suggest the presence of both a third-person narrator and Nick’s perspective to project two different views of nature: Nick’s need to control the natural environment and the narrator’s openness and respect for nature’s unpredictability. Concludes that Nick’s mental health is contingent on his ability to relinquish this need for control.

Date

1999

Pages

19-29

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