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A Farewell to Arms

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Mia Charifson

on 8 January 2013

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Transcript of A Farewell to Arms

Themes Search for Home: Henry is constantly in search of a safe and stable home which he can rely on, he finds this in both Catherine and the army. Symbols Ernest Hemingway's Writing Style The Story Frederic Henry is an American ambulance driver for the Italian front during World War I. He meets and falls in love with the enchanting British nurse Catherine Barkley. The story follows the couple as the war shapes and evolves both them and the world that they live in. A Farewell to Arms By: Ernest Hemingway Involves his personal life in his work

Uses symbols from nature to capture moral situations

Stark narrative style

Realistic Dialogue The War: The characters' perceptions of the war and how the war effects them is the ultimate message of the story and is reflected throughout the story with many of the symbols like drinking, rain, hunger, and the baby. Homosexuality vs. Masculinity: The idea of bravado and brotherhood going hand in hand in the army is juxtaposed with the notion of the almost fear of being gay in the army. This is reflected in the characters of the priest, Rinaldi, and the major. Reality vs. Illusion: Throughout the novel, the characters continually avoid facing reality through both ignorance and simple oblivion which are displayed by the dialogue in general, the constant consumption of alcohol, and the surrounding geography. Character Development At the beginning of the story, Catherine and Henry behaved like normal people, but by the end of the novel it is obvious that the war has taken a toll on their mental stability. Key Line or Section "What the hell, I thought. I stroked her hair and patted her shoulder. She was crying" (Hemingway 27). "This was the end of the trap. This was what people got for loving each other" (Hemingway 320). Our favorite quote Important Quote Catherine and Henry's relationship changes At the start of the novel, Catherine acted as if she did not really care about their relationship
By the end of the novel, they are inseparable and obsessed with each other The book connects to Hemingway's life Hemingway's Message Hemingway was prevented from enlistment
Much like Henry, Hemingway fought in World War I as an ambulance driver
Again, like Henry, he injured his leg and was forced to be on bed rest after having surgery at a hospital in Italy.
Hemingway fell in love with Agnes in the same way Henry fell in love with Catherine
During this time period, propaganda supporting the war was common. This book was Hemingway's way to show the harsh reality of war. Setting Takes place in the Italian Alps during World War I
The setting is desolate and abandoned.
Harsh terrain
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