Nick Adams In Hemingway


Nick Adams In Hemingway’s Stories Essay, Research Paper

The Nick Adams stories were my favorite of the collection because I got to know Nick through

the reading. I started to understand Nick and I could anticipate the actions and feelings that he

was feeling. I am not sure if this is because I became familiar with Nick or because I have done

many of the things Nick has done and was able to understand what he was doing.

“Big Two-Hearted River: Part I and II” were the most enjoyable short stories of the ones I

read. The language that Hemingway uses is ideally suited for describing Nick’s activities by the

river. Hemingway’s simple declarative sentences are all that is needed to convey the wonderful

scene of Nick struggling with his pack, setting up his tent, and cooking his food. I have also done

all the things that Nick was doing by the river and I was able to understand his satisfaction at

pulling up a sound tent. Little sentences like “He was careful not to let the hook bite into his finger”

convey so much meaning to anyone who has ever tried to tighten a fishing hook on a line that you

can only help but nod your head in agreement.

I must admit that despite not being at the center of your course I could not help but think of how

much Hemingway’s content was influenced by his life. Many of the stories like “The Doctor and

the Doctor’s Wife” were based directly on personal experiences of Hemingway’s life. Since it is

not the focus of your course, I am trying to just accepted the content and concentrate more on

writing style and the way Hemingway writes something. I have found it difficult to pay close

attention to both the story and the writing at the same time and have had to reread several times.

“The Three-Day Blow” offered an interesting irony to the title “In Our Time”, but maybe it is

just my jaded view of the television. Nick and Bill sit and discuss intelligently on various topics like

books and baseball, but I fear this sophisticated discourse is becoming rare in “our” time of cable

television which has done much to dry up serious dialogue.

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