What is the theme of “Big Two Hearted River” and how is it communicated? Also, I do not understand why it is important that the war is not directly analyzed or discussed as well as Nick’s efforts at self reconstruction.

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Hemingway communicates his theme in “Big Two-Hearted River ” by paralleling and contrasting Nick Adams experience in World War I with his homecoming to Seney, Michigan. Upon arriving at the burned over town, Nick is in a place much like that of the battlefields of WWI. Seney is burned over so that no building is left standing and even the foundation stones of the Mansion Hotel are cracked. Hemingway does not directly recount Nick’s war experiences, because leaving them as haunting...

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