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A Farewell to Arms

One of the themes of A Farewell to Arms is the inexorable path of fate. It is fate that first throws Catherine, a British nurse, and Frederic, an American serving in the Italian army, together....

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Passini dies in a blast. Frederic, the narrator sees "the star-shells go up and burst and float whitely and rockets going up and [hears] the bombs." When he gets loose and comes to his senses he...

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Love and pain are shown to be different aspects of the same problem, which is the catastrophe of war. War causes the physical pain of Henry's wound, of course, and it is to care for the wounded...

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The unnamed priest in A Farewell to Arms is an important character in that he helps Frederic Henry make sense of his experiences at the front line. Lt. Henry has made an existential choice in his...

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Hemingway strove for realism in all his stories. He believed people to be little more than animals in many respects. As a lifelong hunter, he respected the intelligence of animals and viewed...

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Critics generally agree that assigning a clear conflict in A Farewell to Arms, a title which has a double--even a triple--meaning, is problematic. Henry's conflicts all stem from an essential...

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Frederic's an idealist. As a quintessential Hemingway hero, he wants to prove himself as a man, and he figures that the best place to do this is on the field of battle. Participating in World War I...

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Much symbolism in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms relates to the tragic love story of Frederic Henry, an ambulance driver for the Italian army and Catherine Barkley. his English nurse after...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2011, 4:17 pm (UTC)

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Hemingway sets the tone of the novel in the very first chapter. Hemingway’s style is direct and focuses mainly on concrete details and facts, which contributes to the overall tone of the novel....

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Frederic loses faith in the war in various places rather than as a single revelation. Working on the ambulance in contact with the wounded and dying sharpens his awareness of the limited effects of...

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Ernest Hemingway's prose style is often considered straightforward. He avoided what is called "purple prose," giving the reader only as much description as needed and keeping dialogue tight and...

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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...

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"Iceberg theory" refers to Hemingway’s notion that stories could be made stronger by omitting key pieces of information. In Hemingway’s view, the writer should have a complete understanding of his...

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In Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms the idea of existentialism is often thrown around. Existentialism basically operates under the belief that there is no inherent meaning in life, but that one must...

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In A Farewell To Arms, Lieutenant Henry often operates under the belief that confidence and masculinity go hand in hand. Henry escapes being executed by the Italians through his own bravery and...

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In Chapter 41, the final chapter, Henry remembers seeing ants on a burning log right after he hears the devastating news that his child has been delivered stillborn. He meditates on the...

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Frederic Henry serves as an officer in the Italian army, stationed near the Italian front in World War I. He is in charge of a fleet of ten ambulances that pick up the wounded, remove them from the...

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This quote is getting at the nature of different kinds of love. At the time of this quote (chapter 11) the main character, Frederic Henry is wounded and in the hospital. His priest-friend comes to...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2012, 12:28 pm (UTC)

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There is a bit of confusion in your question in this respect. A round character can be either static or dynamic in a work of literature. A round character is a character who is well developed, but...

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Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms was actually very much inspired by his own life experiences during World War I. Hemingway was denied enlistment into the army due to poor vision, so he became...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2015, 6:35 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 9 of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, Lt. Frederic Henry, the idealistic young American ambulance driver serving in Italy during World War I, learns a valuable lesson regarding the...

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When he appears in the novel, Rinaldi functions as a literary foil, his characteristics contrasting and emphasizing Frederic's identity and personal traits. This is seen clearly in Chapter XXV when...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2011, 5:40 am (UTC)

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Do not most novel's set in wartime send an anti-war message? It seems that only historians or biographers glorify war. Because they record the human experience with all its pathos, most literary...

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Thesis statements can be challenging to write, so brainstorming in advance will be very helpful! Let's look at two steps to get you started on a thesis for this paper. First, think about the...

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In A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway uses the plot and characters to indirectly discuss the horrors of war with his readers. Near the beginning of the novel, the men gather with the priest and exclaim...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2013, 11:48 am (UTC)

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In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, Frederic Henry’s developing ability to love Catherine in particular—and any woman in general—is part of his maturing process. Frederic’s move away from reckless...

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The climax, or high point of interest of suspense, in Hemingway's novel is the point at which Frederic Henry says his "farewell to arms" by deserting. Ironically, in Chapter XXIX, when the...

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Hemingway’s “Code Hero” followed a specific code of behavior that was inherently masculine. Hemingway’s heroes usually appear very indifferent, due largely to the generational disillusionment felt...

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According to Aristotle's Poetics, a “Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament,...

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[As space is limited here and there have been two identical questions, the character description with some analysis will be addressed here; and, since there are more than one summary here on Enotes...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2014, 9:48 pm (UTC)

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Most usually in fiction an antagonist is a human character who opposes or works against the protagonist; however, sometimes an antagonist can be an entity, such as an organization or some type of...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2011, 5:35 pm (UTC)

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The word "arms" in the title of the book could be explained in a couple of different ways. First, the text does take place during World War I, with Frederic Henry, the protagonist, serving as a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019, 1:12 pm (UTC)

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What makes Frederic Henry a dynamic character is that, over the course of the novel, he lives and learns, changes and grows until, at long last, he achieves the kind of maturity previously only...

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The final chapter of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms functions as the concluding segment of the narrative (bringing the plot to a close) and as an exposition of the novel's themes. The prose is...

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In a novel of this type the conflict usually involves two opposing military powers. The characters, such as Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley, are little people caught up in a gigantic conflict....

Latest answer posted July 27, 2014, 7:14 am (UTC)

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If Hemingway’s texts all seem similar, it’s likely because you’re recognizing the shared qualities between his protagonists known as the “Code Hero.” These protagonists all appear indifferent to...

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Chapter 10 is a more complex chapter than it seems to be and it can be argued that the chapter indicates no change in Frederic Henry's views at all. What do we know and what does Chapter 10 show?...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2013, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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Arguably there is much of the artist in the art when it comes to Hemingway as, for instance, his hero Nick Adams is quite autobiographical. Untypically, Catherine of A Farewell to Arms displays...

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In Chapter XXXV of the novel, Frederic Henry encounters Count Greffi for a second time and spends time with the old gentleman playing billiards. The conversation between Frederic and...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2011, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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The climax comes when Henry escapes after he and Piani approach the Tagliamento River in the full swell of the Italian retreat. The Germans had reinforced the Austrian troops, and the Italians...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011, 7:03 pm (UTC)

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The Italians have long had an expression, Amare, vivere e ridere, "Love, live, and laugh," that conveys their attitude toward life. In A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway's novel set in Italy, the male...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013, 6:54 am (UTC)

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The tones of Ernest Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms are various, and they tend to change as one moves through the book. Often the tones of the early chapters are light-hearted, as in the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011, 2:25 am (UTC)

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Numerous themes are developed in the novel, each contributing to Hemingway's examination of man's essential condition, one of profound spiritual loneliness. Through Frederic, and to a lesser degree...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2011, 9:36 am (UTC)

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A Farewell To Arms celebrates the archetypal Hemingway hero, one who is stoic in the face of adversity, independent to the point of rebellion, self-confident in carriage and demeanor, physically...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2015, 9:50 pm (UTC)

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Clearly, the theme of futility, as in so much of Hemmingway's fiction, dominates this excellent novel. It is important to realise how futility and the presentation of war are inextricably...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2011, 7:43 pm (UTC)

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In Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, Italy is central to the story of protagonist, American Lieutenant Frederic Henry, who is fighting with the Italians against the Austrians (and the...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2011, 10:49 am (UTC)

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This statement is made by Frederic Henry while talking with the young priest. To understand it, Frederic's words must be considered in the context of their conversation. In Book III, Frederic has...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2011, 10:50 am (UTC)

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The idea of love is explored in many ways in "A Farewell to Arms." The romantic love between Lt. Henry and Catherine is developed over the course of the novel. At the beginning of the novel Lt....

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010, 11:55 am (UTC)

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Almost all women were oppressed by society during the World War I period. For example, they couldn't vote and often belonged to churches that taught female subordination. However, Catherine is a...

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