The Connection Between Ernest Hemingway And Nature — страница 2

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see that every single time something extraordinarily bad either happened or was going to happen, it was raining. Some have argued that rain is not a bad symbol in this book. I disagree. Rain was always doing something destructive in AFTA, either knocking the leaves off of trees or creating mud sloughs for people who had to walk outside, or it was lashing at people s faces. Besides, think realistically for a second. Who likes being outside during a storm. I don t. Who would enjoy having rain pelting you and stinging your face all the time? And who could forget the bat that paid Frederick and Catherine a visit? A bat flying into thier room was certainly not a good omen in any sense. Bats have been harbingers of doom in many cultures, and I think that that particular element was

incorporated into this story. Of course, nature is not limited to being a chronicle of a death foretold. It is something that one can touch. In A Farewell to Arms Hemingway attacked the ideals of honor, valor, loyalty, and other like-minded things. These things, Hemingway argued, were nothing. Honor is incapable of feeding your children. Loyalty will not keep your wife warm while she waits in bed for you, fearing for your life every night that you are fighting the war. Hemingway put little stock in such things. Have you ever seen a ball of valor, or a bit of altruism? No. His point was that if you stacked those things on a scale with the bodies of all who had been killed in the war, it wouldn t even make a bloody dent in the tipping of the scales. Nature, on the other hand, could

be grasped and seen and tasted and felt. Nature was something TANGIBLE. It was real. It was the rock that Hemingway could sit on and it was an anchor for Nick s soul in A Big Two-Hearted River. Perhaps that was why it was a clean well-lighted place for Hemingway. Men have always strived for naming things. Labeling them so that they think they have control of things. However, I think that this is just a cover for things that they don t want to see. Someone once said, In discovering the truth, we create beauty. I explained one interpretation of that line. However, I think that there is a double meaning to it. It deals with the Nothing. When we realize what it is, we create beauty so that we don t have to see what s truly there. Nature is alot. Alot of something. But can t somthing

also be nothing? I think so. When one truly thinks about it, sure nature is teeming with life, but what is it beyond that. Wide open spaces. Vast, empty areas. It s a whole lot of nothing. Nature is so peaceful because you are so close to the Nothing when you immerse yourself in it. I think that man is unable to cope with that, and thusly we have labelled nature to be beautiful. We call it a clean well-lighted place, that last barrier against the nothing. It s not our best defense against it, you understand. It is merely the final one. In many books (Heart of Darkness, for example) what was truly found at the heart of nature? Nothing. Sometimes the best place to hide is right out in the open.