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It is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothingAt one point in his short story Big Two-Hearted River Part II Hemingways character Nick speaks in the first person Why he adopts for one line only the first person voice is an interesting question without an easy answer Sherwood Anderson does the same thing in the introduction to his work Winesburg Ohio The first piece called The Book of the Grotesque is told from the first person point of view But after this introduction Anderson chooses not to allow the first person to narrate the work Anderson and Hemingway both wrote collections of short stories told in the third person and the intrusion of the first person narrator in these two pieces is unsettling In both instances though the reader is left with a much more absorbing story one in which the reader is in fact a main character With the exception of My Old Man which is entirely in the first person and On the Quai at Smyrna which is only possibly in the first person there is just one instance in In Our Time in which a character speaks in the first person It occurs in Big Two-Hearted River Part II an intensely personal story which completely immerses the reader in the actions and thoughts of Nick Adams Hemingways utilization of the omniscient third person narrator allows the reader to visualize all of Nicks actions and surroundings which would have been much more difficult to accomplish using first person narration Nick is seen setting up his camp in Big Two-Hearted River Part I in intimate detail from choosing the perfect place to set his tent to boiling a pot of coffee before going to sleep The story is completely written the in third person and is full of images sounds and smells In Big Two-Hearted River Part II Hemingway exactly describes Nicks actions as he fishes for
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