Liberating Nature, a Comparison of Hemingway's Work and Wordsworth's
In modern society, nature is associated to escape. People use it to cope with the stressful events of their everyday life. They go away for the weekend at their cottage or whatnot in order to forget about everything else for a moment and when they come back they are reposed and ready to meet with their society's expectations. Even Ford's hybrid SUV, "Escape" is advertised using nature because as stated above, nature is usually linked to escape. That concept is also written about in English literature. It was explored by Hemingway several times including in "Big Two-Hearted River: Part I" and in "Big Two-Hearted River: Part II". Moreover, in Wordsworth's famous poem, "I wandered lonely as a cloud", nature has a role to play. In both cases, nature helps the protagonist cope with his respective society, somehow. However, while both are worth discussing, Hemingway's approach is different from Wordsworth's, obviously.
To begin with, in Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River: Part I" and "Big Two-Hearted River: Part II", the character, Nick visits the town where he was raised which is now burnt to the ground. He recognizes the nature surrounding the town such as the pine trees and the river but no building remains. While he is there, he experiences pure happiness and nothing seems to bother him: "The road climbed steadily. It was hard work walking up-hill. His muscles ached and the day was hot, but Nick felt happy." Also, while surrounded by nature, Nick appreciates simple pleasures of his: "It was a long time since Nick had looked into a stream and seen trout. They were very satisfactory... The earth felt good against his back. He looked up at the sky, through the branches, and then shut his eyes...Nick was glad to get to the river...The river made no sound. It was too fast and smooth...His hands smelled good from the sweet fern...He took a full spoonful from the plate...He ate the whole plateful before he remembered the bread...He opened a small can of apricots. He liked to open cans...He sat on the logs, smoking, drying in the sun, the sun warm on his back, the river shallow ahead entering the woods, curving into the woods, shallows, light glittering, big watersmooth rocks, cedars along the bank and white birches, the logs warm in the sun, smooth to sit on, without bark, gray to the touch; slowly the felling of disappointment left him." All of a sudden, he took notice of simple things that brought him comfort and felt absolutely carefree, light, contented, happy. However, once his camp was settled and he had eaten. He made himself some coffee which made him think of his old friend Hopkins who had become rich and successful and whom he did not see anymore and then the coffee tasted bitter. It suggests that maybe Nick's life is not as...