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Analyze the character 'the Priest' in the novel A Farewell to Arms.

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simile | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM via web

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Analyze the character 'the Priest' in the novel A Farewell to Arms.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM (Answer #1)

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In A Farewell to Arms, the priest in some ways is like a foil to Lt. Frederic Henry.  The priest tells Lt. Henry that he believes in God and that much of what he does revolves around his belief.  Lt. Henry, on the other hand, does not really know what his life's purpose is, and as a result, Lt. Henry struggles with defining his own identity.  When they meet, the priest tries to help Lt. Henry find himself, but Lt. Henry is too skeptical about the war and about life to accept any easy answers.  That said, Lt. Henry is moved by the priest's ability to believe in something, and eventually, Lt. Henry is able to believe in the love that he has for Catherine Barkley.

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