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Human vs Harmony In his collection In Our Time Hemingway deals with the problem of war A senseless act of human cruelty it can be dangerous enough to ruin what the human civilization has been creating and accumulating throughout the centuries for a month a week even a couple of days In Big Two-Hearted River however the author emphasizes on the fact that there is still one thing that unlike all temporary human creations could resist time innocent and respectful--the eternal nature Nick the main character in the short story who has faced the human attempts to change the world around them by force and destruction has come back to nature with the knowledge and willingness to appreciate its calm harmony and eternal cycle of life As a fisherman Nick is greatly moved by the place he has been fishing and all the experience related to the fishing itself In the very beginning of the first part of the story the author gives the full picture of the remains of a town which is completely burned and erased from the face of the earth It seems that the landscape corresponds to the war that Nick has just come from Everything is burned even the surface has been burned off the ground133 Strange to think about human progress when a single ignition can cause everything to disappear in a few seconds It seems that what is left is nothing but the rails and the foundations of the Mansion House hotel--two sad signs of great ideas Having transportation throughout the big wilderness that would connect people and make their isolation less unbearable and providing a boarding house initially a symbol of hospitality are two of the greatest contributions of the human progress Unfortunately with their destructive nature people tend to wreck and spoil everything in their way In that town humans have obviously started everything with good intentions but something went wrong with the ideas and
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