How important is the setting in A Farewell to Arms?

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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway was first published in 1929. It is set during World War I and reflects the events of the war as seen through the eyes of Frederic Henry, a young American officer who is wounded in the fighting; his role in the war is as an ambulance driver.

The setting is very important to the novel. First, as with several other works by Hemingway, a central theme is that of how American expatriates negotiate their identity in relationship to European contexts. Thus Henry's receiving treatment in an Italian hospital, falling in love with a British nurse (Catherine Barkley), and mentoring by an Italian Lieutenant (Rinaldi)—in addition to his interactions with other Italian and foreign characters—are central elements of the plot.

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