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A farewell to Arms

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Jeremy Nagy

on 5 April 2013

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Italy in WWI By: Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms Relating to America and Existentialism.. Fear of Abandonment Rinaldi: Catherine Henry Catherine constantly fears the reality the Henry might be taken away from her by the war or might abandon her. Especially when Catherine becomes pregnant and Henry must return to the front line as his position as a Ambulance Driver and she worries that he might not return safely. Rinaldi is constantly looking for new women through out the novel. He does not want the same woman because he fears that he may become attached and is afraid of the commitment and the possibility of losing someone he loves. Henry fears that he may lose Catherine when he must return to the front line after his leave on medical rest from his injuries. He shares the same fear of abandonment as Catherine does. However at first Henry did not feel this way, but he soon developed serious feelings of love for Catherine. Alcohol as well plays a major role in his escape from his fears of abandonment
during the war. Love: A response to the horrors of War Hemingway tries to show the reader the horrors of war and the escape from these horrors with his novel. Like many other writers after World War I, they focused on the emotions of war and the effects it has on people. For Henry When his Child and Catherine die during birth, he is left alone all by himself, making all he has sacrificed for nothing. He left the reader with a very dark moment to help them realize that even though everything was getting better, with war that is impossible and its is truly a force of destruction. Catherine After Catherine has already lost the first man in her life, she is reluctant to find someone else, however when she meets Henry she falls in love with him to escape the pain from her loss due to the violence of war. Being a nurse, she sees So much pain in suffering in people, and she wants to escape that which is what she does when she is with Henry. Henry Henry, being an ambulance driver for the military is a dangerous job. He did not want anything to do with the war and wanted to leave, especially when he met Catherine Barkley. Even Henry himself becomes injured by a mortar shell during an attack and is set on leave to a hospital. While he is there, after he has seen men die, he longs for Catherine awaiting her return. Catherine's pregnancy shows how much Henry loves her. By Henry wanting to stay by her out of love during such a horrific theater of war. "Little Catherine" The love child is a direct response as to the horrors of war. Catherine has seen the injured soldiers and wanted to make the most of her time with Henry, as did Henry himself. Her pregnancy became Henry's response to the war, as he abandons the military to be with Catherine and their child to be. [Catherine]"I wanted to do something for him. You see I didn't care about the other thing and he could have had it all. He could have had anything he wanted if I would have known. I would have married him or anything. I know all about it. But hen he wanted to go to war and i didn't know.
[Henry]I did not say anything.
[Catherine]I didn't know about anything then. i thought it would be worse for him I thought perhaps he couldn't stand it and then of course he was killed and that was the end of it (Hemingway 19). Catherine Experienced trauma in her love life.
Catherine once gave a man all her love and trust and he disappeared. "[Catherine] Not always. But I do with you. You don't have to pretend you love me. That's for the evening. Is there anything you'd like to talk about?" (Hemingway 31). Catherine has trust issues with the men in her life.
She also does not want to believe anything Henry says. " I think so. You know, darling, I'm not going to cut my hair now until young Catherine's born. I look to big and matronly now. But after she's born and I'm thin again I'm going to cut it then I'll be a fine new and different girl for you. We'll go together and get it cut, or I'll go alone and come and surprise you." (Hemingway 304). Their baby is a new beginning for them as they escape the war in Italy.
Little Catherine also means a time of happiness and meaning in Henry's life. "No I'm not. But life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose" (Hemingway 107). Henry has had enough of the miserable life he has in the war.
Henry also feels as though he has nothing left to lose. "Catherine Barkley took three days off night duty and then she came back on again. It was as though we met again after each of us had been away on a long journey." (Hemingway 111). -Hemingway illustrates the strong bond between Catherine and Henry in such a short period of time since they've meet.
-Regardless of Henry's disability, Catherine always finds time to visit him at the hospital. "How about loving women? If I really loved some women would it be like that? I don't know about that I never loved a women." (Hemingway 72). Here the main character Henry is in the hospital with Catherine. Henry explains to her how the alcohol is a good thing because it allows him to escape from reality for a short period of time.
This corresponds to existentialism due to the usage of liquor since Henry uses it to escape the reality that he might not come back to Catherine. Rinaldi doesn't want to get attached because he doesn't want to live with the feeling that he has lost someone close to him.
Therefore, Rinaldi fears abandonment so he seeks out for company whether flirting with the nurse or girls from the whorehouse.
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